Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is not ready to lie down and concede defeat to Mohamed Salah in the race to win the Premier League Golden Boot despite being two goals behind the Egyptian with just two games left to play.
Aubameyang acknowledges that it will not be easy, but points to his time in Germany when he beat Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski on the final day of the season to be the top scorer in the Bundesliga.
‘It’s a tough battle. We have great strikers in the Premier League” he said. “Hopefully they won’t keep scoring, but I’m a guy who is confident and I know that I can do it. If I don’t, no worries, that’s no problem. But there are still two games to play in the league so I have my chances”
“Why not? ‘I won it two years ago in Germany, in the last game. Me and [Robert] Lewandowski were level on 30 goals and on the final day I scored a penalty. When you are a striker it means a lot. If you want to be the best you have to win the Golden Boot.”
I am not sure you have to win the Golden Boot to be considered the best but it shows the drive and attitude of the Gabon international.
It also means that he will enter the final two games absolutely focused on scoring, and in all fairness to our upcoming opponents Brighton and Burnley, he does stand a good chance of finding the net a few times.
Of course, Salah is in a very good position to claim his second Golden Boot but Aubameyang will not go down without a fight and is still very much in the running, albeit as a bit of a long shot.