The race to finish as the league’s leading scorer and win the Premier League’s Golden Boot looks set to go down to the wire, but which players from England’s top tier have scored the most goals in all competitions during the current campaign?
Here are the five Premier League players with the most goals in all competitions so far this season:
Danny Ings – 22 goals
Southampton’s season has largely been fired by the prolific form of Danny Ings, the forward having recovered from a nightmare run with injury to enjoy the best season of his career at St Mary’s.
Only two players have scored more goals than Ings in the top-flight so far this season, whilst the 27-year-old has added to his 19 Premier League strikes with a further three goals in cup competition.
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Ings has thrived as the spearhead of Ralph Hasenhuttl’s pressing system, his selfless style and willingness to hassle opposition defences a vital component of Southampton’s success this season.
The forward’s four-year spell at Liverpool was wrecked by injuries but he has found a new home at Southampton and moved himself into contention for both the Golden Boot and international recognition.
Jamie Vardy – 23 goals
The leader in the race for the Premier League’s Golden Boot and a player who has fired Leicester’s pursuit of Champions League football, Jamie Vardy recently joined the division’s fabled 100 club after reaching a century of top-flight goals for the Foxes.
Vardy has shown no signs of slowing down despite turning 33-years-old earlier this year, the former England forward’s movement as sharp and evasive as ever.
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Another clinical campaign from the forward has seen Vardy plunder 23 league goals – just one short of the career-best tally he managed during Leicester’s title winning season in 2015/16.
Three goals ahead of nearest challenger Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang with just three games remaining, Vardy will be confident of adding a Golden Boot to his burgeoning collection of honours and accolades.
Mohamed Salah – 23 goals
It’s been a historic season for Liverpool and another stand-out campaign for their Egyptian talisman, Salah continuing his phenomenal goalscoring record since arriving on Merseyside three years ago.
The 28-year-old has now scored 20+ goals in three consecutive seasons for Jurgen Klopp’s side, scoring 23 goals in all competitions so far this season and remaining in contention for a third consecutive Golden Boot – a feat only previously achieved by Alan Shearer and Thierry Henry.
Mohamed Salah has now been directly involved in 100 goals in just 116 Premier League appearances.
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Salah sits on 19 league goals and will need to hit top form to overhaul Vardy’s four-goal advantage with just three fixtures remaining, whilst he needs just one more goal to become the first Reds player since Roger Hunt in 1965/66 to score 20+ league goals in three successive seasons.
Raul Jimenez – 25 goals
Wolves’ season began last July with Europa League qualifiers and their squad continues to deliver results on a consistent basis, Nuno Espirito Santo’s well organised outfit led by the presence of Mexican international Raul Jimenez in attack.
Jimenez has scored nine times during the club’s European venture and has continued to fire throughout the campaign, adding 16 Premier League goals to his tally in what has proven to be the most prolific season of the 29-year-old’s career.
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Jimenez’s 25 goals in all competitions has been added to by a further 10 assists, his remarkable consistency and importance to the Wolves side further indicated by his record of featuring in every single league fixture so far this season.
Raheem Sterling – 27 goals
The highest scoring Premier League player this season is Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling, whose hat-trick against Brighton in midweek took the star to 27 goals in all competitions – the third successive season he has scored 20+ and the best haul of his career to date.
Sterling has scored 17 league goals and added a further 10 in all competitions, including scoring a Champions League hat-trick during the destruction of Atalanta at the Etihad in October.
The England international has flourished from inconsistent wide man into a multi-functional and devastatingly effective forward in recent campaigns, developing a goal-poaching instinct that many felt he lacked during his early years.