League’s leading scorer at Christmas has not claimed prize at season’s end in past two campaigns
Mohamed Salah and Harry Kane are both looking to end a recent trend in their race for the Premier League Golden Boot.
Kane’s hat-trick for Tottenham Hotspur against Burnley on Saturday drew him level with Salah at the top of the Premier League scoring charts with 15 goals each.
But last season and in 2015/16, the leading scorer on Christmas Day has failed to lift the Golden Boot come the end of May.
Overall, in the past 25 campaigns, 14 players have been top of the goal rankings on 25 December and at the season’s end.
Sergio Aguero was the last to do so, in 2014/15. The Manchester City striker led on Christmas Day 2014 with 14 goals before scoring another 12 to take the Golden Boot.
Since, Jamie Vardy, of Leicester City, then Diego Costa, of Chelsea, have been No 1 at Christmas but failed to maintain their places at the top.
On both occasions the leaders were overtaken by a phenomenal second-half scoring run by Kane.
Last season, Kane scored 22 of his league-leading 29 goals after Christmas 2016, albeit from 21 matches, two more than Spurs have this season.
The campaign before, 16 of Kane’s 25 goals came after Christmas Day.
Were Kane to replicate that post-Christmas form this season, the Premier League scoring record for a 38-match season would also be under threat.
The most goals in a 38-match season is 31, achieved by Alan Shearer (1995/96), Cristiano Ronaldo (2007/08) and Luis Suarez (2013/14).
The overall record of 34 goals by a player was set in a 42-match season by Andrew Cole (1993/94) and Shearer (1994/95).
Golden Boot race since 2010
Season Top scorer on 25 Dec Goals on 25 Dec Golden Boot winner Goals
2009/10 Drogba 13 Drogba 29
2010/11 Berbatov 11 Berbatov 20
2011/12 Van Persie 16 Van Persie 30
2012/13 Michu 13 Van Persie 18
2013/14 Suarez 19 Suarez 31
2014/15 Aguero 14 Aguero 26
2015/16 Vardy 15 Kane 25
2016/17 Costa 13 Kane 29
2017/18 Kane/Salah 15 – –