A watershed year for the Barclays Premier League. Nothing will be the same when the season finishes in 2016. The next 10 years could look totally different to the established order seen for the last 10 years. Take a look at the top 10 Premier League goal scorers this season; Leceister City have two in the top 5. Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal do not show at all in the top 5: have these dogs had their day? Something is up with the big spenders and now the underdogs are growling.

1. Jamie Vardy for Leicester City
2. Romelu Lukaku for Everton
3. Odion Ighalo for Watford
4. Harry Kane for Tottenham Hotpur
5. Riyad Mahrez for Leicester City

Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez seem to have a bright future with Leicester City and are working well with the service provided by Danny Drinkwater. Harry Kane looked isolated earlier in the season but things may be changing after the signing by Mauricio Pochettino of West Brom’s Saido Berahino.

Some explanation for the mixed bag at the top of the top goal scorer table is that defenders are using heat maps for the most dangerous strikers and studying video footage to learn how to counter them effectively. Perhaps Vardy, Lukaku, Ighalo and Mahrez have benefited due to this during the 2015/16.

Alan Shearer scored 260 goals in his Premiership Career and that will take some beating. Possibly Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy is the guy to do it (there is less chance he’ll up sticks to play for a European club like Gareth Bale or return to Europe like Robin van Persie might). Harry Kane is 4th but Tottenham have form for developing talent and selling out to the highest bidder. Wayne Rooney is the closest to reaching Shearer’s record but has he got another 73 goals left in him at Manchester United? Rooney has had a goal drought at Man United this season.

6. Sergio Aguero for Manchester City.

Some pundits suggested that Sergio Aguero would hit 30 Premier League goals this season. It is not looking likely due to a slow start possibly due to Copa America duties and a string of muscular strains.

7. Olivier Giroud for Arsenal
8. Jermain Defoe for Sunderland

Sunderland will need Jermain Defoe scoring goals if they are to battle to stay in the Premier League. Sam Allardyce’s team lack stability.

9. Georginio Wijnaldum for Newcastle United
10. André Ayew for Swansea

Goals are no longer the preserve of the big spenders making the Barclays Premier League top goal scorer table for 2015/16 much more interesting.

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