Andy Cole knows exactly what it takes to win the Premier League Golden Boot.
The striker won the accolade in the 1993/94 season with 34 goals for Newcastle United before going on to find the net 187 times in the top flight.
The Manchester United legend is the third top goalscorer in Premier League history – and he has now delivered his verdict on this year’s race to top the charts.
Cole believes Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang starts as a front-runner after he penned a new long-term deal to commit his future to the club.
Aubameyang, who got off the mark in fine style at Fulham last weekend, shared the Golden Boot with Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane in 2018/19.
Cole also reckons last year’s winner Jamie Vardy could make it two in succession, whilst Manchester City ’s Sergio Aguero will look to capture the prize he took in 2013/14.
But Cole insists that in his mind, team success was always the priority with the Golden Boot secondary.
Cole, speaking to the Mirror following his involvement in BGC Charity Day 2020, raising millions for charity including Oasis Charitable Trust, said: “There’s so many good strikers this season.
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“I love Aubameyang, I think he’s been absolutely frightening for Arsenal and what he gives that team is unbelievable.
“If he continues the way he’s going then he’s got a great opportunity of finishing up there.
“Aguero and Vardy, they’ve proven over a number of years how reliable they are in front of goal and they get in the right places at the right time.
“They’re the main contenders for the Golden Boot, but then it’s all about everyone staying fit.
“I’ll be brutally honest, if it’s me, I’m a centre-forward now, I’m not too bothered about the Golden Boot, I’m just concerned about where my team can finish.
“If we can win the title, try and win a competition or be in the top four at the end of the season then that’d be my Golden Boot if I was playing.”
BGC Charity Day is an annual fundraising event in commemoration of the 658 colleagues and the 61 Eurobrokers employees lost on 9/11, and has raised over $170 million for over 100+ charities and good causes around the world.
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