After a few lull years when Didier Drogba won it with 20, Nicolas Anelka with just 19, and Dimitar Berbatov and Carlos Tevez shared it, again with 20, the Premier League Golden Boot has become a prize of much greater resonance once more after some fine goalscoring in recent seasons.

Harry Kane scooped the trophy last season - the first Englishman to win it since Kevin Phillips way back in 1999/00 - but the Tottenham favourite is not who Premier League fans are predicting will take it home at the end of 2016/17.

Responding to a 90min poll, 67,702 supporters had their say on who will, and it was clear that two names stood out from the crowd.

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With 36% of the vote, Chelsea bulldozer Diego Costa just about came out on top. The naturalised Spaniard, who has been almost unplayable at times so far this season after a remarkable turnaround from his attitude a year ago, finished narrowly ahead of age-less Manchester United star Zlatan Ibrahimovic - the Swede commanded 33% of the vote.

Ibrahimovic recently netted his 13th Premier League goal of the season, one behind Costa, and it is that pair currently battling away at the top of the individual scoring charts after 20 games.

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Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez also has 13 league goals to his name so far. Only 14% of fans believe the Chilean can go all the way to the Golden Boot. His rate has slowed of late, and with Olivier Giroud now back in the Gunners' starting XI, pushing Sanchez further wide, it isn't likely to pick up to the level it was in September and November when he was most prolific.

Just 7% of those who voted see Kane holding on to his title. Similarly, only 7% predicted that Sergio Aguero will come through and take his second prize after scooping it in 2014/15. 

Things might have been different but for the Argentine missing a number of games over the course of two separate suspensions.


Hardly anyone who voted can imagine Romelu Lukaku winning the Golden Boot this season. The Belgian international has already reached double figures in the Premier League for the fifth consecutive season after his 11th of the campaign on 2nd January, but just 3% see him finishing top of the pile overall.

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