Aubameyang for the Golden Boot? Could he beat Kane and Salah?

Who should I put my 10 pound on? by Dan Smith

It’s the time of the year to start thinking about our bets for the upcoming season (if you’re that way inclined). According to most bookies, the Arsenal striker Aubameyang starts 3rd favourite to win the Golden boot (6-1).

Of course it’s the Gabon’s strikers first full campaign with us. While he’s found it easy to find the net since arriving January, most of those games had an end of season feel to them. Now we will see if he can handle the pressure. To be fair even with his attitude in question at Dortmund his goal/game ratio was world class.

The assumption was he’d start ahead of Lacazette but early signs in pre-season suggest they might play together. Both could line up on the left, something to consider when making your choice. Both have proven they are natural finishers but more is to come as they continue to garner an understanding with their team-mates. An outside price for Lacazette to score more then any one else is 16-1.

Here are their most likely rivals and prices.

Kane (2-1)
Has proven he will be there or thereabouts. No man scored more times at the World Cup than him but it was noticeable how he tired mentally when the pressure increased.

Salah (5-1)
Some fans are wondering about second season syndrome? Certainly managers will now have tactics to target the Egyptian. Can’t see this Liverpool side not making chances though.

Lukaku (6-1)
Hasn’t been able to shake the reputation of a man who fails to score in the big games. Should be put into context when you consider his manger’s approach to such fixtures. As long as Jose is your boss I want a bigger price

Aguero (7-1)
Good odds when you consider he consistanly gets into double figures. Perhaps doubts exist over how many minutes he gets with peers who can fill in for him, something his rival strikers don’t have to worry about.

Jesus (9-1)
An outside bet as Pep Guariloa has shown he is prepared to start the Brazilian ahead of Aguero, leading to doubt over the Argentine’s future. There’s no rush but the Brazilian has shown he’s ready when required.

Hazard, Morata and Firmino (all 25/1)
Will Hazard and/or Morata be at Stamford Bridge come the middle of August? Even if they are, both are not consistent enough for this award. In his career Hazard has picked and chooses if he wants to deliver. If he feels Chelsea can’t mount a title bid history shows he doesn’t pull his finger out.

Morata hasn’t justified his price tag and starts the campaign second choice to a Giroud.

Firmino works hard for others but is too unselfish to top the charts.


  1. kerki says:

    1. man city (coz they have pep)
    2. loverpool (top transfers)
    3. spuds (if they save squad)
    4. arsenal
    5.chelsea (new manager)
    6. man u (mours 3rd seasons everytime fail)

  2. Gifted says:

    Auba to me is better than Kane and if all goes well, he will surely have the golden boot.. My only worry is whether he will be able to score consistently when played on the left wing

    1. gotanidea says:

      He could do that if Lacazette plays as a false nine and there is another inverted winger on the right wing

      I predict Aguero and Salah would compete for the Golden Boot, because:

      – Aguero plays for a team with a very established system and he has Jesus as his strong competitor

      – Liverpool’s false nine and Gegenpressing tactic is very suitable for Salah’s pace and inverted winger style

      – Kane is slower and less agile than all those top attackers. Hazard might move, Lukaku/ Morata does not have enough support and Firmino is a creator

      1. Declan says:

        “Laca as a false 9 and another inverted winger on the right wing”
        So instead of playing at centre forward Laca plays less forward behind his normal position? Why?
        An inverted right winger? Perhaps you could enlighten us what one of them is, da?

        1. stubill says:

          I think he means an inside right.

          1. Angus says:

            He means inside left where Auba has repeatedly played before at Dortmund, under Wenger and under Emery in preseason. Laca as a striker or false nine or more likely a mix of both as is Laca’s strength (he is good not great with build up.) The right being whoever. I don’t understand what is confusing.

        2. Break-on-through says:

          Inverted right or left winger is when a CF plays wing, CF is always trying to close down space between himself and the goalkeeper, diverting inward more often than not. Or if a central player plays out there, they’re always inclined to cut inward. Henry on the other hand, even when he started CF position, would love hugging the touch line and would regularly go outside dancing on the chalk line. He rarely crossed the ball though, but Auba can hit some decent crosses.

          1. Break-on-through says:

            Also the foot and the manager has something to do with it. Usually when on the left wing the guy could be right footed, and when on right wing he’s a left footed player. So the manager wants him cutting in so to shoot from time. If he wanted crosses and touch line hugged, the manager would choose differently. He doesn’t see it as an inverted anything, he wants three strikers, he sees three forwards playing up front and interchanging at times.

  3. inkfight! says:

    Just hope him and Lacazette can score 50+ goals between them this season.

  4. Innit says:

    A big factor will be the performance of Ozil and Mkhitaryan. Iwobi also. Aubameyang will finish, no doubt about that. But he needs assistance. If Ozil and Mkhitaryan play their absolute best Aubameyang will have so much fun out their lol

    Another factor is Lacazette. Aubameyang and Lacazette will share goals. Both are excellent finishers.

    And of course he needs to stay injury free

  5. ks-gunner says:

    Aubuma has the talent and the team mates to become the best goal scorer. So lets wait and enjoy the show.

  6. Victoria Concordia Crescit says:

    All hail Emile Smith-RoweNALDO

    1. Sue says:

      ? nice one yet again VCC

      1. Victoria Concordia Crescit says:


  7. Sue says:

    I’d stick my cash on Auba (I’m not biased ?) if he stays injury free…. he’ll score loads!! Look at how many he scored last season…. love him!!

  8. Innit says:

    According to different sauces/rumours we are linked to these players
    Leon Baily
    M’Baye Niang

    1. Break-on-through says:

      Also Praet off Sampadoria, and Leverkusens GK. If Praet is true he’d be competition for Ozil.

  9. Victoria Concordia Crescit says:


  10. Uba for Auba says:

    Auba to score 33epl goals
    laca to score 27epl goals

  11. Break-on-through says:

    Aguero 7/1. If he gets lucky with injuries he’ll take the golden boot easily. He’s always up there and he plays about a third of a season less than the others. Auba will be chasing it, I have no doubt about that. He’s such a confident finisher and he makes great runs. If he starts off slow I think I’d prefer him to go central even if it means some bench time for Laca. Out wide Auba still does the business, like Alexis in a way, but Auba through the middle has to be our best CF unless we need someone to help build attack and put wide players through.

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