Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang leveled up with Jamie Vardy topping the Premier League charts with his couple over the weekend.
The Arsenal forward – who shared last season’s award with Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane – scored twice in the 3-2 win over Everton to bring his tally for the season to 17 goals.
Man City hotshot Sergio Aguero missed the chance to join the pair at the top of the pile when he rejected a penalty in Saturday’s victory over Leicester.
Southampton forward Danny Ings is just behind 15, followed by Salah and Marcus Rashford on one less goal.
But who will end up on the top of the pile in May? Our journalists have their say:
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – Neil McLeman
The Arsenal forward had the momentum after his two goals against Everton yesterday to equalize with Jamie Vardy (who hasn’t scored for nine games).
After so many draws at the beginning of his reign, Mikel Arteta has not yet achieved the right balance in his team, but has opted for a more offensive formation with Dani Ceballos in a deep role which means less defensive solidity but more forward enthusiasm .
Although Eddie Nketiah is the main striker against Everton, Aubameyang will be the main beneficiary as Arsenal tries to make a leap late in the top six.
The Gunners also face West Ham, Brighton, Southampton and Norwich in the next four scheduled Premier League games.
Jamie Vardy – Tom Hopkinson
The sterile spell lasted long enough and with Leicester struggling to stay in the top four – or five – to ensure Champions League football, he will achieve the goals that will bring them there.
Sergio Aguero’s Manchester City and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s Arsenal have fights similar to those of Leicester, so it will be tight, but I imagine Vardy to kick off an excess of goals in Norwich on Friday which will earn him his first start gold.
Sergio Aguero – Thomas Bristow
It would be the maximum common if he scored the penalty against Leicester over the weekend. But with one goal behind, out of 16, Aguero is definitely the favorite to gain recognition.
Despite finishing second with hopes of almost finished Premier League glory, City has still scored the most goals this season.
With the sheer volume of possibilities the Blues create, Aguero will make many more before the season ends. As always, Aguero’s fitness remains the biggest obstacle preventing him from winning the prize.
But if the Argentine can be involved in almost all the matches between today and the end of the season, he gets my vote.
Gabriel Gabriel throws in a desperate attempt to start against Real Madrid and Aguero should still raise the game to prove that he is the number 1 choice for Pep Guardiola.
Mohamed Salah – Darren Wells
He won the Golden Boot two years after the rebound, and despite being currently three from Vardy and Aubameyang, I fully expect him to be back in the mix starting in May.
Liverpool’s upcoming league games are favorable to start, with the relegation fighters West Ham, Watford and Bournemouth their next three.
He could even be on top of the pile after those games alone.
In addition, Salah will be desperate for goals to seal Liverpool’s first title in 30 years.
Not only that, but if Liverpool were to end the title with their unbeaten record still intact, I can’t see Jurgen Klopp resting too many players for the remaining games while making an offer for “Invincible” status.
Salah knows where the goal is, she will get the service and you will know that she will be very inclined to earn individual honors, as well as the success of the team.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – Mike Walters
Although he plays for a team that was hopeless until Christmas and will struggle to bridge a seven-point gap between the top four, Aubameyang has different levels of motivation to fuel her pursuit for the Golden Boot.
Will he be able to fire the Gunners into the Champions League mainstream through one of the top four rankings? Probably not, but it’s not impossible.
Can you fire them to the glory of the Europa League? Good chance – Arsenal has nothing to fear in Europe. Can he earn a new contract with the Emirates or keep his place at the top of the shopping lists of the great continental cannons (in particular Real Madrid and Barcelona)? Absolutely.
Aubameyang is already around the neck with Jamie Vardy for the Premier League’s most bespoke footwear.
Liverpool are taking the title by sharing goals, Sergio Aguero is suddenly a mere mortal from the penalty spot at Manchester City, and Leicester’s charge for Champions League football next season is wasting, in part because the last goal Vardy’s was two months ago.
The Golden Boot will return to North London – and this time it’s not for Harry Kane.
Jamie Vardy – John Cross
I think Jamie Vardy will be the winner of the Golden Boot. He has been in sensational form this season, but has fallen a bit recently – and yet he will return.
Leicesters have been the top four for so long that we have almost accepted and stopped praising them.
It is an extraordinary result. And Vardy is on the front line. Incredible season for Vardy and Leicester.