Topping the Premier League charts might lead to anywhere for Jamie Vardy. Even Barca.

Topping the Premier League charts might lead to anywhere for Jamie Vardy. Even Barca.

A cursory look at the top flight goal-scoring charts from the past decade reveals the most prolific marksman from each season all share on thing in common – they are Premier League royalty; heavyweights in their field who can all justly be considered ‘household names’. From 2005/06 onwards it reads Henry, Drogba (twice), Ronaldo, Berbatov, Anelka, Van Persie (twice), Suarez, and Aguero. That’s a roll-call of devastation and lucrative sponsorship contracts.

Yet this time out shows every sign of bucking the trend with Watford’s Odion Ighalo and Leicester City’s Riyad Mahrez bubbling under on 7 while streaking out in front on 12 is Mehrez’s Foxes team-mate Jamie Vardy.
So could 2015/16 be the season that sees – in the broad sense at least – a relative unknown grab the goals and the glory and walk off with the esteemed Golden Boot award?

Vardy certainly has to be viewed as the clear favourite at this point especially if he keeps taking such clever gambles in the box Five goals clear and in a sensationally rich vein of form that has brought him nine goals in consecutive matches the one-man fairytale is looking unstoppable at present in a Leicester side that are over-achieving and loving every minute of it.

Yet his exploits have been so worthy of acclaim they have arguably over-shadowed Ighalo’s at Vicarage Road. This is a striker who couldn’t break into Udinese’s set-up in six years in Serie A while his loan spell at Granada could hardly be described as pulling up trees with just 17 strikes in 95 appearances.

Leicester’s talented Algerian Mahrez meanwhile has impressed one and all with not only his hit-rate but in providing the ammunition for Vardy with stylish wing-play.

Any of these three would be deserving winners should they last the course but are best to be mindful of some familiar big-guns firing away behind them.

Despite being blighted by injury Sergio Aguero remains firmly in contention while Olivier Giroud at Arsenal is primed to take on the Gunners’ goal-scoring burden in light of their notable absentees. Across North London another threat lies in the form of Harry Kane who has rediscovered his aim and confidence in recent weeks. It also helps that his signiature luck seems to have returned. Maybe he would be wise to try out the latest football betting bonuses.

Everybody likes an underdog so it would be gratifying to see an unlikely name join the pantheon of goal-scoring greats who have snagged the Golden Boot since the Premier League was formed.

Until then though there is a lot of football to play and a lot of goals to put away.