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Golden Boot race: Usual suspects so far!

The season has got off to an electrifying start with stunning goals, some thrilling games and sub-plots galore.

And the deadliest strikers have certainly wasted no time in making their mark, with the race for the Golden Boot in both the Premier League and the Champions League already well advanced.

Sportsmail takes a look at the leading contenders and how they’ve started the season.

ROMELU LUKAKU – Manchester United 

Goals: 6 Assists: 0 Minutes per goal: 90

The big Belgian finished second to Harry Kane in last season’s Golden Boot contest and is clearly determined to beat the Tottenham hotshot this time around.

After moving from Everton to Manchester United for £75million over the summer, Lukaku has already repaid a small chunk of his transfer fee with two goals against West Ham, plus further strikes against Swansea and Stoke City.

He was also on target in the European Super Cup final against Real Madrid and in United’s Champions League opener against Basle this week. 

The way Lukaku has immediately made his presence felt in United’s attack is one of the reasons some are now tipping them for the title following an impressive start.

Romelu Lukaku has lived up to his £75m transfer fee with four goals in four for Man United

Romelu Lukaku has lived up to his £75m transfer fee with four goals in four for Man United

Romelu Lukaku has lived up to his £75m transfer fee with four goals in four for Man United

The big Belgian striker has found the net against West Ham, Swansea and Stoke so far

The big Belgian striker has found the net against West Ham, Swansea and Stoke so far

The big Belgian striker has found the net against West Ham, Swansea and Stoke so far

Lukaku has also hit the ground running in Europe, scoring against Basle this week

Lukaku has also hit the ground running in Europe, scoring against Basle this week

Lukaku has also hit the ground running in Europe, scoring against Basle this week

ALVARO MORATA – Chelsea

Goals: 3 Assists: 2 Minutes per goal: 93

Chelsea were optimistic that Alvaro Morata, signed from Real Madrid for £60m, could replace the goals of Diego Costa – and so far they have been correct.

Morata has adapted almost instantly to life in the Premier League, scoring goals in Chelsea’s matches against Burnley, Everton and Leicester, as well as setting up two more.

The Spaniard has given Chelsea an aerial edge in attack and is already well on his way to matching the 20 scored for Real last season.

Alvaro Morata celebrates after scoring against Everton in a bright start to life at Chelsea

Alvaro Morata celebrates after scoring against Everton in a bright start to life at Chelsea

Alvaro Morata celebrates after scoring against Everton in a bright start to life at Chelsea

The Spanish striker was on target again during Chelsea's 2-1 win at Leicester City on Saturday

The Spanish striker was on target again during Chelsea's 2-1 win at Leicester City on Saturday

The Spanish striker was on target again during Chelsea’s 2-1 win at Leicester City on Saturday

DANNY WELBECK – Arsenal

Goals: 3 Assists: 1 Minutes per goal: 110

Welbeck has shown himself keen to make up for lost time after injury disrupted a huge section of last season and he mustered just two Premier League goals once returning to fitness.

The start to this campaign has seen Welbeck return to something approaching his best in front of goal, even if it’s been a rocky road for Arsenal as a whole.

A goal on the opening night against Leicester was followed by a double in Saturday’s 3-0 win over Bournemouth and it’s already a more prolific season for the England international.

Danny Welbeck celebrates the second of his two goals in Arsenal's win over Bournemouth

Danny Welbeck celebrates the second of his two goals in Arsenal's win over Bournemouth

Danny Welbeck celebrates the second of his two goals in Arsenal’s win over Bournemouth

Welbeck's second goal against Bournemouth was an unstoppable low drive into the far corner

Welbeck's second goal against Bournemouth was an unstoppable low drive into the far corner

Welbeck’s second goal against Bournemouth was an unstoppable low drive into the far corner

GABRIEL JESUS – Manchester City 

Goals: 4 Assists: 0 Minutes per goal: 88 

Having arrived from Palmeiras in January, 20-year-old Brazilian wonderkid Gabriel Jesus made quite an impression last season and would have scored many more than seven had he not missed seven games with a broken metatarsal.

Undeterred, Jesus has started this season with a bang, scoring in City’s win at Bournemouth late last month and then adding two more in their 5-0 thrashing of Liverpool at the weekend.

He has also scored his first European goal for City this week as they thrashed Feyenoord 4-0. 

With City’s creative force almost unrivalled in the top-flight, Jesus will be supplied with plenty of ammunition in the months to come.

The trademark phone celebration of Gabriel Jesus should become a familiar sight this season

The trademark phone celebration of Gabriel Jesus should become a familiar sight this season

The trademark phone celebration of Gabriel Jesus should become a familiar sight this season

The Brazilian striker slots home City's third goal in their 5-0 demolition of Liverpool

The Brazilian striker slots home City's third goal in their 5-0 demolition of Liverpool

The Brazilian striker slots home City’s third goal in their 5-0 demolition of Liverpool

SADIO MANE – Liverpool

Goals: 3 Assists: 0 Minutes per goal: 183 

Mane enjoyed an exceptional season in Liverpool’s dynamic forward three in 2016-17 and has continued in the same vein.

The Senegal forward scored against Watford, Crystal Palace and Arsenal in Liverpool’s opening three league games, helping them take seven points.

The interplay with Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah – who both have two goals so far this season – has Liverpool fans optimistic for the campaign with Philippe Coutinho yet to return.

Sadio Mane (right) has started the season in terrific form for Liverpool, scoring three goals

Sadio Mane (right) has started the season in terrific form for Liverpool, scoring three goals

Sadio Mane (right) has started the season in terrific form for Liverpool, scoring three goals

Mane celebrates his winning goal against Crystal Palace, though Jurgen Klopp looks afraid 

Mane celebrates his winning goal against Crystal Palace, though Jurgen Klopp looks afraid 

Mane celebrates his winning goal against Crystal Palace, though Jurgen Klopp looks afraid 

JAMIE VARDY – Leicester City

Goals: 3 Assists: 0 Minutes per goal: 115

The hype around Leicester City has died down, but Jamie Vardy continues to supply them with goals, scoring three of their six so far in the Premier League.

Two on the opening weekend against Arsenal was followed by another against Chelsea at the weekend, though all his strikes have come in losing causes.

While a fair few won’t expect Vardy to still be near the top of the scorers’ charts come the end of the season, he’s certainly made a purposeful start.

Jamie Vardy rises above the Arsenal defence to score in Leicester's 4-3 loss on opening night

Jamie Vardy rises above the Arsenal defence to score in Leicester's 4-3 loss on opening night

Jamie Vardy rises above the Arsenal defence to score in Leicester’s 4-3 loss on opening night

The England forward scored what proved to be a consolation against Chelsea on Saturday

The England forward scored what proved to be a consolation against Chelsea on Saturday

The England forward scored what proved to be a consolation against Chelsea on Saturday

SERGIO AGUERO – Manchester City 

Goals: 3 Assists: 1 Minutes per goal: 115 

Aguero’s scoring record has been phenomenal for some times now and this season doesn’t seem to be any different for the Manchester City star.

A goal on the opening day at Brighton got City’s season up and running, while he contributed a goal and an assist in the five-goal thrashing of Liverpool.

Aguero, who scored 20 league goals last season, may be happy for Jesus to steal the limelight this time as he cracks on with the business of scoring goals.

And he certainly did that on Wednesday night with a Champions League goal in Rotterdam. 

Sergio Aguero rounds Simon Mignolet to score Man City's opening goal against Liverpool

Sergio Aguero rounds Simon Mignolet to score Man City's opening goal against Liverpool

Sergio Aguero rounds Simon Mignolet to score Man City’s opening goal against Liverpool

City manager Pep Guardiola hopes Aguero will form a deadly partnership with Jesus (right)

City manager Pep Guardiola hopes Aguero will form a deadly partnership with Jesus (right)

City manager Pep Guardiola hopes Aguero will form a deadly partnership with Jesus (right)

Aguero powers home City's second goal in the 4-0 away win at Feyenoord on Wednesday

Aguero powers home City's second goal in the 4-0 away win at Feyenoord on Wednesday

Aguero powers home City’s second goal in the 4-0 away win at Feyenoord on Wednesday

ALEXANDRE LACAZETTE – Arsenal

Goals: 2 Assists: 0 Minutes per goal: 136

A new entry to the Premier League Golden Boot competition, Lacazette has wasted no time in making his mark after moving from Lyon.

He found the net for Arsenal on his league debut against Leicester and was at it again during Saturday’s 3-0 win over Bournemouth.

Given he scored 37 times for Lyon last season, Lacazette is clearly not someone who needs encouragement to go for goal.

Alexandre Lacazette celebrates in trademark fashion after scoring in the Leicester win

Alexandre Lacazette celebrates in trademark fashion after scoring in the Leicester win

Alexandre Lacazette celebrates in trademark fashion after scoring in the Leicester win

Lacazette's shot beats the dive of Asmir Begovic during the 3-0 win over Bournemouth

Lacazette's shot beats the dive of Asmir Begovic during the 3-0 win over Bournemouth

Lacazette’s shot beats the dive of Asmir Begovic during the 3-0 win over Bournemouth

HARRY KANE – Tottenham Hotspur 

Goals: 4 Assists: 1 Minutes per goal: 110 

Last season’s Golden Boot winner with 29 goals, Kane has belatedly got himself up and running after failing to score in August as standard.

Two goals in Tottenham’s eye-catching 3-0 away win at Everton have him on the board and he followed that up with another two in Spurs’ 3-1 Champions League win over Borussia Dortmund. 

Given that Kane missed eight Premier League games through injury last season, perhaps he can break through the 30-goal mark this time.

Harry Kane is finally off and running for the season after scoring for Spurs at Everton

Harry Kane is finally off and running for the season after scoring for Spurs at Everton

Harry Kane is finally off and running for the season after scoring for Spurs at Everton

Kane (background right) scored a stunning opening goal in the 3-0 win at Goodison Park

Kane (background right) scored a stunning opening goal in the 3-0 win at Goodison Park

Kane (background right) scored a stunning opening goal in the 3-0 win at Goodison Park

Kane is also up and running in the Champions League with two goals against Dortmund

Kane is also up and running in the Champions League with two goals against Dortmund

Kane is also up and running in the Champions League with two goals against Dortmund

 

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