Erling Haaland is the man to beat among the Premier League top scorers for the 2023/24 season.
Manchester City striker Haaland made a stunning start to EPL life last season, scoring a record-breaking 36 top-flight goals to claim the Golden Boot in his first campaign.
His goals helped to secure a historic treble for Man City and Pep Guardiola.
Man City came into the new season as favourites to win a sixth EPL title in the space of seven seasons, and similarly Haaland was well backed to win the Golden Boot again.
Salah and Liverpool were short of their best last season, but he still managed to score 19 times in the Premier League and net 30 goals in all competitions.
Egypt forward Salah has scored at least 19 goals in all six of the Premier League seasons he has played with Liverpool.
The Reds’ fellow attacker Darwin Nunez was another strong candidate, according to pre-season betting odds. Nunez only scored nine goals last year but proved capable of getting into good goalscoring positions.
Harry Kane had an uncertain status going into 2023/24. The striker would have been a key rival to Haaland, having impressively scored 30 goals as part of a poor Tottenham team last season. But his transfer to Bayern Munich boosted the chances of the EPL’s other top strikers.
And Chelsea‘s forwards hoped to fare better than last season after Kai Havertz was their top EPL scorer with only seven goals. The Germany forward has now joined Arsenal.
The Premier League top scorers will be displayed on this page throughout the season. We will take an in-depth look at the latest standings for the players with the most EPL goals, with updates after every matchday.
2023/24 Premier League top scorers
Erling Haaland is first in the list of Premier League top scorers for the 2023/24 season, although his main rival Mohamed Salah has also impressed over recent weeks.
Manchester City forward Haaland has 14 EPL goals from 15 matches, meaning he leads the Premier League Golden Boot race even though he has had a difficult recent spell.
Haaland did not score in the dramatic 3-3 draw against Tottenham or the frustrating 1-0 defeat to Aston Villa, where he was twice denied by goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez.
And it emerged after that match he had suffered a foot injury, meaning he missed his first league games of the season against Luton Town and Crystal Palace before Man City’s participation in the FIFA Club World Cup. He also sat out the most recent clash at Everton.
Haaland has a two-goal lead over his nearest rival Salah and is three clear of Tottenham forward Son Heung-min at the top of the goalscoring charts in England after the South Korea star scored in the match at the Etihad and added to his total in the recent wins over Newcastle and Everton.
West Ham forward Jarrod Bowen, Bournemouth striker Dominic Solanke, Wolves‘ Hwang Hee-chan and Aston Villa attacker Ollie Watkins have also risen rapidly in the standings over recent weeks after producing some impressive Premier League performances.
Along with Salah, in-form Solanke is now Haaland’s nearest rival in the standings, trailing by just two goals.
There are now six players in double figures for Premier League goals this season.
Premier League top scorer Haaland has already netted a hat-trick, scoring three times against Fulham as Man City won 5-1 in September to help give him the most goals so far in the 2023/24 season.
Haaland made his intentions clear with a magnificent start to his bid to repeat as the Golden Boot winner, netting twice in the first half as his team beat Burnley 3-0 on the opening night of the new season.
He also scored against Sheffield United and West Ham, with Man City initially making a fantastic start to their Premier League title defence.
Haaland’s goal in the MD6 win against Nottingham Forest capped a fast start to the season as Pep Guardiola’s men won each of their first six matches.
But consecutive EPL defeats against Wolves and Arsenal dramatically halted that run, with the striker not scoring in either game.
He responded by netting against Brighton and adding to his total with a Manchester derby double as Man City cruised to a 3-0 win over Man Utd at Old Trafford.
In that game he became the first Premier League player to reach double figures this season and, after scoring twice more in a dramatic 4-4 away draw over Chelsea, Haaland’s strike in the 1-1 draw at home to Liverpool on November 25 saw him become the fastest player in Premier League history to reach 50 goals, doing so in just 48 matches.
After his heroics last season, the other contenders did not need a reminder about how hard it would be to stop Haaland coming out on top once more.
But they have got one nonetheless in the first half of the Premier League season and the Norway star still looks strong at the top of the standings.
There are a few prominent rivals emerging who want to challenge Halaand in the battle to score most goals in the 2023/24 season.
Tottenham’s former Golden Boot winner Son, rising Brighton star Evan Ferguson, Aston Villa striker Watkins, Bournemouth frontman Solanke, Arsenal forward Eddie Nketiah, Nottingham Forest striker Chris Wood and Chelsea’s Nicolas Jackson have joined Haaland in scoring hat-tricks so far this season.
Son scored his treble against Burnley and also scored a deadly double in the dramatic 2-2 derby draw against rivals Arsenal to help him to become one of Haaland’s closest challengers.
Watkins’ treble came as Aston Villa stunned Brighton with a 6-1 win on Matchday 7, while Jackson scored three times in Chelsea’s win over nine-man rivals Tottenham.
Solanke has made a big move up the standings over recent weeks. He scored twice as Bournemouth earned an impressive 2-0 home wins over Newcastle but his treble came in a dramatic 3-2 away win over Nottingham Forest. He now has 12 EPL goals.
Liverpool forward Salah is also in the running and has 12 goals, nine of which have come since the start of October. He scored a double in the 2-0 Merseyside derby win over Everton at Anfield, one game after he had also netted twice in his side’s 2-2 draw with Brighton.
His recent goals were against Nottingham Forest, Brentford and Crystal Palace before he netted in the 1-1 draw with Arsenal.
Bowen has helped West Ham to an impressive campaign so far and shown consistent form, meaning he also features prominently in the scoring standings with 11 goals. His most recent goals helped to earn a 2-1 London derby win over rivals Tottenham, capped a 3-0 victory over Wolves after an early double from Mohammed Kudus and also secured a 2-0 win over Man Utd.
Alexander Isak scored twice in Newcastle’s impressive 5-1 win over Villa on MD1. After a brief dip in form he has since improved his goal tally to eight, while the club’s other main Golden Boot contender, Callum Wilson, has converted strikes against Villa, Brighton, Brentford, Sheffield United, Crystal Palace and Wolves (x2) to reach seven goals.
Crystal Palace striker Odsonne Edouard is one of multiple players in a tie on six goals after his strike against West Ham on Matchday 14.
Arsenal captain Martin Odegaard is on four with his last goal coming in the 2-1 home win over Wolves.
But it is Bukayo Saka who is the joint-top scorer for Arsenal on five strikes. He is level with Nketiah, who moved up to five goals with his hat-trick against Sheffield United.
Another early contender is Brentford’s Bryan Mbeumo. In the absence of Ivan Toney, Mbeumo has scored seven goals.
Scott McTominay is the Man Utd top scorer. He has five goals after netting doubles in home wins over Brentford and Chelsea this season.
Haaland’s impressive start means there is a familiar face at the top of the goal rankings, but a repeat Golden Boot win is not yet a foregone conclusion, with his rivals in the scoring standings like Salah, Son, Solanke and Bowen not far behind.
Premier League Golden Boot: Previous Winners
There are only four players who have scored the most goals in the EPL on three or more occasions.
Alan Shearer won the Golden Boot three times, once with Newcastle and twice with Blackburn Rovers, while Harry Kane’s win in 2020/21 was also his third.
Mohamed Salah’s success in the 2021/22 season meant he joined that list of three-time winners.
Thierry Henry holds the record, though, having been named the top scorer in the Premier League on four occasions for Arsenal.
Cristiano Ronaldo and Luis Suarez are two of the biggest names to have won the award, scoring 31 goals in 2007/08 and 2013/14 respectively.
Liverpool have had the most Premier League Golden Boot winners with seven.
Arsenal are just behind on six, while Man Utd and Tottenham have had five winners, with Chelsea on four. Haaland gave Man City a third win.
The Premier League began from the 1992/93 season.
Prior to that, Ian Wright was the last highest goalscorer in England when it was the old First Division. Gary Lineker and Alan Smith were also winners in the 1990s before the league was rebranded.
Recent Golden Boot Winners
|Erling Haaland, Man City
|23 (award shared)
|Harry Kane, Spurs
|Jamie Vardy, Leicester City
|22 (award shared)
|Mohamed Salah, Liverpool
|Harry Kane, Spurs
|Harry Kane, Spurs
|Sergio Aguero, Man City
|Luis Suarez, Liverpool
|Robin van Persie, Man Utd
|Robin van Persie, Arsenal
Most goals in a Premier League season
Erling Haaland has the record for the most goals in a single Premier League season, having scored 36 times in just 35 matches during the 2022/23 campaign.
Previously, the record for most goals in an EPL campaign was shared by Alan Shearer (1994/95) and Andy Cole (1993/94). Both players scored an astonishing 34 goals, though the season schedule was longer then – Shearer did it in 42 matches and Cole in 40.
Mohamed Salah came close to that record in 2017/18, scoring 32 times in 36 outings, producing what had been the best Premier League goalscoring season in this century until Haaland’s spectacular arrival.
The Golden Boot winner with the best goals per game ratio in a season is also Haaland after his exploits last season (1.03 goals per game). Previously it was Kane after England’s captain netted 29 times in just 30 games to win the 2016/17 title, averaging 0.97 GPG.
Who are the Premier League top scorers of all time?
Alan Shearer is the highest goalscorer in Premier League history, having ended his career in 2006 with a magnificent 260 goals to his name in England’s top division.
Former Tottenham star Harry Kane (213) and Man Utd legend Wayne Rooney (208) are the only other players who have scored more than 200 EPL goals.
Andy Cole (187), Sergio Aguero (184), Frank Lampard (177) and Thierry Henry (175) are former Premier League players who sit near the top of the all-time list.
Before 2023/24 began, Robbie Fowler (163), Jermain Defoe (162) and Michael Owen (150) rounded out the 10 players in EPL history who have scored 150 goals or more.
Prior to his transfer, Kane was the highest-scoring active player and he has long been cited as one of the rare contenders who has a chance to rival Shearer’s record total.
Mohamed Salah is also rising fast in the rankings. He was 14th overall on 139 goals when the season began.