Leicester City was crowned the 2015/16 Premier League champions with Jamey Vardy leading the Foxes with 24 goals on the campaign. That was good enough to put the striker tied with Sergio Aguero on the 2015/16 Premier League Golden Boot table. Tottenham’s Harry Kane, however, took the title with his 25 goals on the season.
989 goals were scored (up from 944 in 2014/15) and 267 players finding the back of the net (up from 245 in 2014/15). An additional 32 own goals were put past goalkeepers with 3 players knocking in multiple own goals (2 for each player). Maybe Kane should share his Golden Boot title with Aguero and Vardy as the Tottenham striker had 1 own goal to his credit.
September 19-20: Leicester City’s Riyad Mahrez and Bournemouth’s Callum Wilson both scored to jump to the top of the table with 5 goals. The biggest jump came from Watford’s Odion Ighalo, Southampton’s Graziano Pelle, and Norwich’s Russell Martin all bagging braces.
11 players opened their accounts. They were Manchester City’s Kevin DeBruyne, West Ham’s Victor Moses, Stoke City’s Bojan and Jon Walters, Bournemouth’s Matt Ritchie, West Brom’s Saido Berahino, Chelsea’s Kurt Zouma and Eden Hazard, Liverpool’s Danny Ings, and Tottenham’s Heung-Min Son.
A total of 23 goals were scored on the weekend that takes the season tally to 136.
August 29 – August 30: Bafetimbi Gomis is tied at the top of the Premier League Golden Boot table on 4 goals along with Leicester City’s Mahrez Riyad, and Bournemouth’s Callum Wilson but the Swansea City striker is the only player remaining in the league to have scored in every matchday thus far in the young season. The 1 goal per game run has helped the Swans to 4th place on the table and begs the question; can anyone stop Gomis?
Scott Sinclair and Dusan Tadic paced the weekend as the Aston Villa and Southampton midfielders both knocked in a brace. It was the first goals on the campaign for both players.
8 other players opened their accounts last weekend. The players finding the net were West Brom’s recent signing Salomon Rondon, Manchester City’s big $ signing Raheem Sterling, the West Ham duo of Manuel Lanzini and Diafra Sakho, Chelsea’s Falcao, Sunderland’s M’Vila Yann and Jeremain Lens, and Manchester United’s Juan Mata.
Wilson is settling in nicely to England’s top division. After scoring a hat trick last weekend, he added 1 in the promoted sides 1-1 draw with Leicester City.
The goals by Sako and Noble were also back-to-back games scoring for both players.
Newcastle United’s Fabricio Coloccini had the mis-fortune to knock in an own goal in the Magpies 1-0 loss to Arsenal.
August 22-August 24: Consistency is a necessity to keep pace at the top of the Premier League Golden Boot table and Leicester City’s Mahrez Riyad and Swansea City’s Bafetimbi Gomis have each scored in their opening 3 matches and are sitting on 4 and 3 goals, respectively. Bournemouth’s Callum Wilson became the unlikely player to hit the first hat-trick for the season with his 3 goals in the debutant side’s 4-3 win over West Ham to join Gomis in 2nd place on the table. Mame Biram Diouf and Russell Martin hope they are just getting heated up as both players have a goal in their last 2 matches. It was a slow weekend for goals with a meager 17 scored. The players joining Wilson opening their accounts, albeit with modest 1 goal games were Bournemouth’s Mark Pugh, West Ham’s Mark Noble and Modibo Maiga, Dele Alli of Tottenham, Crystal Palace’s Scott Dann and Bakary Sako while the Eagles Pape Souare knocked in an own goal, and Manchester City’s Aleksandar Kolarov and Samir Nasri.
August 14 – August 17: Romelu Lukaku led the way on the second weekend of the season opening his account with a brace in Everton’s 3-0 win over Southampton. 6 players – Riyad Mahrez, Andre Ayew, Ross Barkley, Bafetimbi Gomis, Vincent Kompany, and Nathan Redmond, scored in consecutive games. For Leicester City’s Mahrez it took him to the top of the 2015/16 Premier League Golden Boot Table and helped the Foxes to 2nd on the EPL table. 23 goals were scored on the weekend. 14 players – Shinji Okazaki (Leicester City), Eric Dier (Tottenham), Nacer Chadli(Tottenham), Mame Biram Diouf (Stoke City), Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City),, Duncan Watmore (Sunderland), Russell Martin (Norwich City), Steven Whittaker (Norwich City), Sergio Aguero (Manchester City), Fernandinho (Manchester City), Joel Ward (Crystal Palace), Olivier Giroud (Arsenal), Christian Benteke (Liverpool), opened their accounts.
August 8 – August 10: For the first time in Premier League history, the opening goal came off an own goal. Tottenham’s Kyle Walker grabbed that dubious distinction when he knocked in the opener against Manchester United at Old Trafford. The goal was the decider and denied the London club, who looked the better team for much of the game, a share of the points. On the positive side of the ledger, 28 goals were scored with Leicester City’s Riyad Mahrez and Manchester City’s Yaya Toure leading the way with braces winning starts for their side. 24 other players – Andre Ayew (Swansea City), Ross Barkley (Everton), Bafetimbi Gomis (Swansea City), Vincent Kompany (Manchester City), Nathan Redmond (Norwich City), Marc Albrighton (Leicester City), Yohan Cabaye (Crystal Palace), Papiss Cisse (Newcastle), Coutinho (Liverpool), Jermain Defoe (Sunderland), Steven Fletcher (Sunderland), Rudy Gestede (Aston Villa), Odion Ighalo (Watford), Arouna Kone (Everton), Cheikhou Kouyate (West Ham), Miguel Layun (Watford), Shane Long (Southampton), Oscar (Chelsea), Pelle Graziano (Southampton), Jamie Vardy (Leicester City), Georginio Wijnaldum (Newcastle), Wilifried Zaha (Crystal Palace), Mauro Zarate (West Ham), opened their accounts on the weekend.
Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero knocked in 26 goals on the way to the 2014/15 English Premier League Golden Boot. But the scoring slate has been wiped clean with all the players sitting on 0 goals and ready to start leaving their mark on the 2015/16 campaign which kicks off on August 8.
Which player will win this season’s EPL Golden Boot? What cleat will leave their mark on the proceedings?