The 2014/15 Barclays Premier League Golden Boot was all but decided heading into the final weekend of the season but Sergio Agüero added 1 goal for good measure in confirming his place as Golden Boot winner. The Argentine ended the campaign with 26 goals. He was followed up by Tottenham’s Harry Kane (21), Chelsea’s Diego Costa (20), and QPR’s Charlie Austin; who all happened to score a goal in their final matches as well.
It was a busy Premier League campaign with 944 goals scored and 245 players getting in on the action. Check out which players opened their accounts and how many goals they put in the net with the 2014/15 Premier League Golden Boot Table.
Players wearing Nike cleats were the most lethal hitting in 500 of the goals. adidas players followed with 330 goals to their work. Puma was a distant 3rd with 87 goals to their name. Goals were also scored by Warrior/New Balance, Under Armour, Mizuno, and Umbro.
adidas provided the most lethal cleat, however, with the adiZero F50 contributing 161 goals. The Nike Mercurial Vapor was not far behind with 152 goals finding the back of the net. These were the only cleats to break the century mark on the season but the adidas Predator (97), Nike Tiempo Legend V (92), Nike Magista Opus (89), and Nike Mercurial Superfly (83) came close to triple-digits.
If you book own goals as well there were an additional 28 goals scored (972 total) and 15 players who were penciled in for a goal on the campaign.
But before focusing too much on the season trends, let’s look at some of the Premier League trends from the final weekend. Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard both finished off their Premier League careers finding the back of the net. Gerrard’s was merely a consolation goal as Stoke City was up 5-0 when the soon-to-be LA Galaxy midfielder found the net while still wearing his custom adidas Predator tribute cleats.
Lampard’s entire family was on hand to see the midfielder close-out his Premier League career hitting the winner in Manchester City’s 2-0 win over Southampton. The midfielder will be joining Gerrard in Major League Soccer come July joining the expansion New York City FC (unless there is more fine print in the player’s contract).
Theo Walcott lead the way for scorers hitting a first-half hat-trick in Arsenal’s 4-1 win over West Bromwich Albion. It was his first start since February and shows how much he has been missed in Arsene Wenger’s lineup. The Gunners now turn their focus to winning a record 12th FA Cup when they face Aston Villa at Wembley next Saturday.
2 other players, Mame Biram Diouf and Loic Remy had multiple goal games with each knocking in a brace. Diouf’s first half double was enough to sink Liverpool and Stoke City went on to win 6-1. Diouf proved consistent this season with 6 goals in the first half of season and 6 in the second half.
Remy has proven a valuable in his limited minutes with Chelsea. The striker came on late in the first half against Sunderland and put in the winner and an insurance goal with less than 15 minutes to play in the 3-1 win for the champions. The trophy presentation was certainly more festive with a win on the day.
Danny Ings’ 11 goals on the campaign was not enough to keep Burnley in the Premier League but his 6th minute goal against Aston Villa was enough to send them back to the Championship as winners of their last match in the top flight.
The other players finding the net on the final weekend were: Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy, Marc Albrighton, Leonardo Ulloa, Andrej Kramaric, and Esteban Cambiasso, Stoke City’s Charlie Adams, Peter Crouch, Steven N’Zonzi, and Johnathan Walters, Sunderland’s Steven Fletcher, Newcastle United’s Mohamed Sissoko, Crystal Palace’s Marouane Chamakh, Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere.
And opening their accounts for the 2014/15 season (just in time to find their form heading into the coming campaign) were Newcastle’s Jonas Gutierrez and West Brom’s Gareth McAuley. The Gutierrez goal was certainly special for the midfielder. It was the insurance goal for the Magpies Premier League survival and was the first since he has returned from battling testicular cancer.