Can Zlatan Win The Golden Boot This Term?
August 11, 2016
While Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s international career may have ended on a disappointing note during the Euros, he continues to enjoy something of an Indian summer in club football. After starring during a three-year spell with PSG (in which he took his haul of major honours beyond 30 and plundered 156 goals in 180 appearances), he has now signed for Manchester United and is primed to add a final, glittering chapter in a truly sensational career.
Zlatan and the Golden Boot: Are they a Marriage Made in Heaven?
In total, the man known only as Zlatan has scored 455 career goals for club and country, while his exceptional levels of fitness and professionalism mean that he is arguably in his physical prime as he prepares to launch his United career for real. These observations have caused many to suggest that Zlatan may well be a good bet for the Golden Boot this season, despite tough competition from perennial contenders such as Harry Kane, Sergio Aguero and Romelu Lukaku.
According to the bookmakers, you can get average odds of 8/1 for Ibrahimovic to win Premier League Golden Boot. This makes him third favourite to claim the honour, behind the talented but injury prone Sergio Aguero and Tottenham striker Harry Kane. Kane himself appearing to be showcasing signs of burn-out during a disappointing Euro campaign with England, however, so this may create an opportunity for Zlatan to dominate the scoring charts.
His pedigree and goalscoring record are certainly unmatched in the Premier League at present, so the deciding factor will be the performance levels of his club, their style of play under new manager Jose Mourinho and the number of chances that they create for him.
Who will win the Golden Boot?
If you look at the top five contenders for the Golden Boot (according to the bookies, at least) four of them have serious question marks against them. We have already touched on the injury and fatigue issues relating to Aguero and Kane respectively, but 12/1 shot Lukaku has also yet to prove his consistency. Leicester’s Jamie Vardy must also prove that he is more than a one-season wonder, while his team face a similar challenge this time around.
Then we have Ibrahimovic, who has consistently set a standard for excellence and goalscoring efficiency wherever he has played in the world. So while the EPL may be unique in terms of the physical demands that it places on players, it would be foolhardy to bet against the Swede from dominating the scoring charts this season.