Who could top the Premier League scoring charts this season?

While the new Premier League season might only be in its infancy, fans across the globe are already trying to judge who looks most likely to finish as the league’s top scorer next May. Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero topped the goalscoring charts last season, notching 26 league goals to finish ahead of Tottenham’s Harry Kane and Chelsea’s Diego Costa. All three look set to be in contention for the Premier League’s Golden Boot again this year, along with a number of strikers also looking at ending the campaign with a nice piece of individual silverware to their name.

So let’s have a closer look at some of the leading contenders this season.

Sergio Aguero: On the back of his 26-goal Premier League campaign last year, it’s no surprise to see the Manchester City forward as short as 3/1 with the likes ┬áto be the division’s most prolific frontman. The arrival of Raheem Sterling from Liverpool in the summer should help increase the already fruitful supply of chances City’s forwards receive, and Aguero’s incredible scoring rate during his time at the Etihad makes him an obvious front-runner this year.

Diego Costa: If he hadn’t had been for his various injury and disciplinary lay-offs last season, there is a very strong chance the Chelsea man would have finished as the Premier League’s leading scorer in his first year in England. As it was, the Brazilian-born Spain international ended his first season at Stamford Bridge with 20 goals to his name from 26 league appearances, proving beyond doubt that he has the game to be a huge success in England. Providing he can avoid suspensions or injuries, Costa stands a great chance to top the scoring charts this year.

Harry Kane: On the back of a breakthrough season, there will be plenty of eyes on the young Englishman this year. Having been something of a surprise package last season, many have dismissed Kane as being a one-hit wonder, and the striker will be hoping to open his account as soon as possible. On the evidence of his short career so far, there is plenty to suggest the England international has what it takes to replicate his deadly form in front of goal last year, and Spurs fans will be well aware of just how crucial the striker is to their chances of a top-four finish.

Christian Benteke: Having made his big-money move from Aston Villa in the summer, Benteke knows he will be under pressure from the start of his Liverpool career to prove he is the man to end the club’s striker problem. The loss of Luis Suarez hit Liverpool hard last season, even more so with Daniel Sturridge’s injury issues, and Benteke has now been tasked at scoring the goals that help secure the club a return to the Champions League following their brief foray back into the big time last year.

Wayne Rooney: The England captain has dropped further and further back over the past couple of seasons at Manchester United but it is looking as though Rooney will be used mainly as a striker this year. Following the departures of Radamel Falcao and Robin van Persie in the summer, Rooney is now one of only a handful of forwards at Louis van Gaal’s disposal this season. Despite playing in more of a midfield role in recent years, the 29-year old has still consistently scored goals, and his return to his preferred position could see Rooney getting back to the sort of scoring figures he used to record.

Alexis Sanchez: Another player on our list coming off the back of an impressive debut season in the Premier League, Sanchez racked up 16 goals last year despite playing as more of a winger than an out-and-out forward. After a decent summer in terms of transfers, Arsenal look a stronger team this year than they were last, and the fact Sanchez has a season of English football under his belt will only benefit the club. The Chilean might not have finished the season as strongly as he finished it but Sanchez showed last year that he has all the tools needed to score goals on a regular basis in the Premier League.