Premier League top scorers 2021-22: Salah, Ronaldo & the race for the Golden Boot

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Harry Kane clinched the Premier League Golden Boot award last season with 23 goals, narrowly beating Mohamed Salah to the prestigious award.

The race is on once more as the 2021-22 campaign heats up and there are a few more contenders in the mix for the top scorers accolade this time round.

Cristiano Ronaldo has returned to Manchester United, while Chelsea have been boosted by another returnee in Romelu Lukaku, and both will be keen to etch their names into history.

With the battle commenced, Goal brings you this season's top goalscorers in the Premier League.

See here for the players with the most Premier League assists in 2021-22.

  1. Mohamed Salah Liverpool 2021-22
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    Mohamed Salah | Liverpool | 11 goals

    Two-time Premier League Golden Boot winner Mohamed Salah finished second in the race last term and in 2021-22 he is targeting his third individual prize as he attempts to fire Liverpool to the title. Over the course of the past four campaigns, Salah has averaged just under 24 Premier League goals a season and will be hoping to surpass that this year.

  2. Jamie Vardy Leicester City 2021-22

    Jamie Vardy | Leicester City | 9 goals

    Despite advancing into his mid-thirties, Jamie Vardy has shown few signs of slowing down on the goals front and he continues to lead the Leicester City line. By now a legendary player for the Foxes, Vardy will be expected to chip in with strikes throughout the campaign for Brendan Rodgers' side.

  3. Sadio Mane Liverpool 2021-22
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    Sadio Mane | Liverpool | 7 goals

    Liverpool winger Sadio Mane shared the Golden Boot award with team-mate Mohamed Salah and Arsenal's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in 2018-19, but his goal return has suffered in recent campaigns. The Senegal star laid down a marker of intent at the beginning of the 2021-22 campaign though.

  4. Diogo Jota, Liverpool 2021-22

    Diogo Jota | Liverpool | 7 goals

    Diogo Jota made an instant impact at Liverpool when he joined the Reds from Wolves in 2020-21 and he has offered a different type of goal threat to Roberto Firmino. The Portugal international will feel he can contribute even more this campaign after seeing his maiden season curtailed by injury.

  5. Raphinha Leeds Everton 2021-22

    Raphinha | Leeds United | 6 goals

    Leeds United's Brazilian star Raphinha was involved in 15 Premier League goals last term (six goals, nine assists) and, in 2021-22, he has picked up where he left off.

  6. Michail Antonio, West Ham 2021-22

    Michail Antonio | West Ham | 6 goals

    An unlikely candidate for Premier League top scorer, Michael Antonio scored double figures in the last two seasons and the West Ham striker hit the ground running in 2021-22. David Moyes and the Hammers faithful will be hopeful he can continue that habit until the end of the season.

  7. Ismaila Sarr Norwich vs Watford 2021-22
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    Ismaila Sarr | Watford | 5 goals

    Ismaila Sarr has long been targeted by some of the Premier League's biggest clubs and the Watford winger is demonstrating just why he is such a coveted player after an impressive start to the season.
  8. Maxwell Cornet Burnley 2021-22
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    Maxwel Cornet | Burnley | 5 goals

    Maxwel Cornet was on the scoresheet twice for Burnley in the 2-2 draw against Southampton, nabbing his first brace of the season. 
  9. Callum Wilson Newcastle United 2021-22

    Callum Wilson | Newcastle | 5 goals

    Newcastle United striker Callum Wilson scored 12 times in the Premier League last season and will be hoping for more in the 2021-22 campaign.
  10. Ismaila Sarr, Emmanuel Dennis

    Emmanuel Dennis | Watford | 5 goals

    Nigeria international Emmanuel Dennis has thrived since making the switch to Watford from Club Brugge, getting his share of goals for the Hornets.

  11. Joshua King Watford Premier League 2021-22
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    Joshua King | Watford | 5 goals

    Joshua King scored an impressive hat-trick against Everton in Watford's 5-2 victory, a game they were initially trailing in the opening minutes.
  12. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Arsenal Norwich Premier League 2021-22

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang | Arsenal | 4 goals

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been a consistent source of goals since joining Arsenal from Borussia Dortmund in January 2018 and shared the Golden Boot award in the 2018-19 season.
  13. Roberto Firmino, Liverpool 2021-22

    Roberto Firmino | Liverpool | 4 goals

    The Brazilian is often overshadowed in the goalscoring stakes by Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane, but he is more than capable of chipping in with important goals for Liverpool.
  14. Bruno Fernandes, Man Utd 2021-22

    Bruno Fernandes | Man Utd | 4 goals

    Bruno Fernandes came third in the 2020-21 Premier League top scorers list with 18 goals and the playmaker continues to star for Manchester United. Some may have feared the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo would impact Fernandes' goal prospects, but the Portugal compatriots have dovetailed nicely.

  15. Cristiano Ronaldo Bruno Fernandes Man Utd 2021-22
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    Cristiano Ronaldo | Man Utd | 4 goals

    Cristiano Ronaldo finished last season as the top scorer in Serie A with 29 goals in 33 appearances and dispelled any doubts that he might slow down on his return to Old Trafford with two goals in his first game back. The Manchester United faithful will be hopeful that the Portugal phenomenon can help fire them on their way to a Premier League title charge.

  16. Pablo Fornals Michail Antonio West Ham vs Crystal Palace Premier League 2021-22
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    Pablo Fornals | West Ham | 4 goals

    Pablo Fornals scored five league goals for West Ham last term and has taken his game up a level in front of goal in 2021-22.

  17. Conor Gallagher West Ham vs Crystal Palace Premier League 2021-22
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    Conor Gallagher | Crystal Palace | 4 goals

    Chelsea loanee Conor Gallagher has flourished under Patrick Vieira's guidance at Crystal Palace, chipping in with goals and assists.

  18. Mason Greenwood, Manchester United 2021-22

    Mason Greenwood | Man Utd | 4 goals

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer once described Mason Greenwood as "the best finisher" he had worked with and the Manchester United forward looks ready to kick on in 2021-22. With the attacking riches at Solskjaer's disposal, however, the England international could well find his minutes limited.

  19. Hwang Hee-chan Wolves 2021-22
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    Hee-chan Hwang | Wolves | 4 goals

    The South Korea international joined Wolves on a loan deal from RB Leipzig before the close of the transfer window. The striker has been quick to make an impact and scored twice in a victory over Newcastle.
  20. Reece James Chelsea goal 2021-22

    Reece James | Chelsea | 4 goals

    Chelsea's marauding wing-back Reece James has been a potent threat for Thomas Tuchel in the 3-4-3 system, scoring goals as well as setting them up.

  21. Neal Maupay Brighton 2021-22

    Neal Maupay | Brighton | 4 goals

    Brighton striker Neal Maupay cracked double figures on the goal charts in his first season in the Premier League, but fell short with just eight goals last season. With Graham Potter's style bedding in at the Amex Stadium, the French forward will be confident of surpassing 10 goals in 2021-22.

  22. Son Heung-min, Tottenham 2021-22

    Heung-min Son | Tottenham | 4 goals

    Heung-min Son enjoyed his best ever season from a goals perspective with Tottenham last term, scoring 17 goals in 37 Premier League appearances. The forward has scored double figures in each of the last five campaigns and could be a good bet to challenge for the Golden Boot as he aims to pick up the slack from Harry Kane.

  23. Teemu Pukki Norwich vs Leicester Premier League 2021-22
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    Teemu Pukki | Norwich City | 4 goals

    Norwich City may be enduring a difficult campaign back in the Premier League, but Teemu Pukki still knows how to find the back of the net.

  24. Bernardo Silva Man City vs Burnley Premier League 2021-22
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    Bernardo Silva | Man City | 4 goals

    Bernardo Silva looked as though he would be on his way out of Manchester City in the summer but he ended up staying put and should be crucial to Pep Guardiola's side in 2021-22.
  25. Emile Smith-Rowe, Saka

    Emile Smith Rowe | Arsenal | 4 goals

    The young England midfielder has enjoyed a promising start to the 2021-22 season, netting in a 2-0 win against Leicester at the Emirates.
  26. Wilfred Zaha

    Wilfried Zaha | Crystal Palace | 4 goals

    Wilfried Zaha is a key player for Crystal Palace and continues to show his worth by scoring goals.

  27. Ivan Toney Aston Villa vs Brentford Premier League 2021-22
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    Ivan Toney | Brentford | 4 Goals

    Ivan Toney has taken the step up to the Premier League in his stride after his goals had helped fire Brentford to promotion from the Championship.

  28. Christian Benteke Crystal Palace 2021-22
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    Christian Benteke | Crystal Palace | 4 Goals

    Belgium international Christian Benteke has often been criticised for his goal return in recent seasons but he is proving his worth under Crystal Palace manager Patrick Vieira.