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Sergio Aguero: With Sergio Aguero injured in City's very first match, I don't expect him to regain his place in the first team and be in-form immediately after he returns. For a 30-goal season, you should be scoring regularly and avoid injuries. For a team with 4 strikers and two clear starters, it would've been fine, but at Manchester City, there is too much competition within for Aguero to win the Golden Boot.
Wayne Rooney: Last season, he was the one-man machine that Manchester United could rely on, and it almost worked, if it wasn't for QPR's collapse in the final minutes of last season. This season, however, I don't see Rooney being as productive. With Robin Van Persie's arrival, Rooney has a partner with as good, if not better clinical finishing and he can easily pass in a tough scoring position, rather than attempt a shot at goal. Even though, as of right now, United have 5 recognized first-team strikers and another 2-3 waiting in the wings, Rooney will be partnered with all of them, and be the first name of the team sheet.
Fernando Torres: My choice for the Golden Boot this season. With those trolls and memes about his lack of goal-scoring now a distant memory, Torres can concentrate on what's important - hitting the back of the net. Chelsea didn't have a bad playmaker to begin with, but with the arrival of Marin, Hazard and Oscar, Torres gets a better quality to rely on for through balls and pin-point crosses. With the lack of another clear 1st choice striker, it is the perfect season for Torres to be leading the Chelsea charge.
Robin Van Persie: Manchester United's new and controversial signing. I honestly cannot see Van Persie topple Rooney from Sir Alex's preference of being #1 striker. So, Robin has to keep performing and scoring if he needs to keep the likes of Welbeck and Hernandez out of the team (not even mentioning Berbatov). So, either van Persie wins the golden boot, scoring 35-40 goals, or ends up as the next Torres - fans more interested in making fun of him than watching the game.
Mario Balotelli: I'm surprised he was even on the list. Too temperamental and too much of a fringe player to have a chance at winning the Golden Boot. Yes, Aguero's injury will get him higher on the pecking order, but with Tevez now on good terms with Mancini and Dzeko looking good, Super Mario won't be feeling too super. Besides, the pattern suggests City will be looking at more strikers before the transfer window ends.
Luis Suarez: Luis Suarez might be capable of scoring 30 goals in one season against Premier League defences, but Liverpool don't have the quality to provide for him. Against the big teams, a moment of brilliance will help Suarez add to his tally, but the smaller teams will squash any attempt to run past them. Another eight match ban is just right around the corner, maybe?
Carlos Tevez: Another contender for the prize, for sure, but like Suarez, he also won't win it because of his team's quality - although, unlike Suarez, Tevez's reason for not winning is his team is too good. With Silva, Toure and co. too eager to run through defences or score from distance. I'm not saying his midfielders won't assist, just that he won't get to play his natural game, his main job now being drawing defenders towards him, to provide space for the midfielders to run into.
Darren Bent: Darren Bent will always be there and there-about when it comes to bookies, and I don't know why. He just doesn't have the quality to be considered with the likes of Aguero, Torres and Rooney. A goal-tally of 20 goals would be a good enough season for him.
Nikica Jelavic: A dark-horse in this competition, someone that impressed last season as David Moyes continues his tradition of getting great bargain buys. A couple of good games would easily put Jelavic in a spot to trouble the bookmakers, who are surely offering high odds.
Papiss Cisse: A one-hit wonder or a brilliant buy? We don't know yet, and I'm guessing Alan Pardew doesn't either. I don't see Cisse winning the competition, but if Newcastle are to do well, he and Ba need to connect like last season.
OFFICIAL CHOICE: 1. Fernando Torres, 2. Sergio Aguero, 3. Wayne Rooney (or Robin Van Persie)
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