As the thrilling battles for title glory and Champions League qualification reach their thrilling conclusions this week, so does the race for the Premier League Golden Boot.
Unsurprisingly, Mo Salah was instrumental in Liverpool’s push for an unprecedented quadruple under Jurgen Klopp and currently leads the top scorer charts having netted 22 goals in 34 top appearances so far this season.
However, a groin problem which forced him off in the first half of the FA Cup final win over Chelsea at Wembley means the Egyptian will not feature in Tuesday’s key clash with Southampton as the Reds try to take the title fight to the final day.
While Klopp will hope Salah – whose last Premier League goals came in mid-April – will return in the season finale against Wolves at Anfield on Sunday, he won’t want to take too many risks with the Premier League final. Champions League against Real Madrid imminent. in Paris on May 28.
Salah’s injury disputes could work in Heung-min Son’s favor, however, with the Tottenham star his closest challenger for Golden Boot honours.
With four goals in his last five appearances, including major efforts against Liverpool and north London rivals Arsenal, the South Korean regular is just one strike away from Salah heading into the final round.
And with Tottenham traveling to basement club Norwich on the final day, Son could hardly ask for better opponents as he seeks to keep the Golden Boot in Spurs’ hands following last season’s triumph over Harry Kane.
The battle now looks like a two-horse race between Salah and Son, but don’t completely overlook a certain Cristiano Ronaldo. The five-time Ballon d’Or winner is a three-time winner with just one game to play, but he’s certainly no stranger to a classy hat-trick – although Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park is a tough last mission for a Manchester United side in terrible shape.
Behind Ronaldo is Kane on 16, while Manchester City talisman Kevin De Bruyne is tied with Liverpool rivals Diogo Jota and Sadio Mane on 15 apiece, followed by Jamie Vardy, Raheem Sterling and Wilfried Zaha.
Salah will no doubt want to avoid a possible repeat of 2018/19, when he was forced to share the Golden Boot with team-mate Mane and former Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Premier League top scorers 2021/22
|2||Heung Min Son||Tottenham||21||7|
|3||Cristiano Ronaldo||Man Utd||18||3|
|5=||Kevin De Bruyne||City of Man||15||7|
Table correct as of Tuesday, May 17, 2022.