Everyone loves a golden boot and/or a golden boot winner and if you were so inclined to have a quick look on a betting site you might see some of the obvious and some of the less obvious (like Wendie Renard). Here are five goal-getters who could go some way to Michelle Akers’ record this summer.
The home favourite – Eugénie Le Sommer
It’s still hard to gauge how well France will do this summer but it’s clear that bookmakers have highlighted Le Sommer to fire Les Bleues to victory. Still the France no.9, the Lyon striker doesn’t lead the line – that role is reserved for Valerie Gauvin, or Kadidiatou Diani (who might be a better bet) – but has a wonderful nose for goal.
With France’s major problem at tournaments, their inability to score, Le Sommer has failed to hit the back of the net with the frequency any of her coaches may have liked and there is little to suggest this summer will be any different.
The world champion – Alex Morgan
Having recently reached her 100th goal for the USA, there’s no question that there are goals to be had for Morgan, especially in Jill Ellis’ current system. Yet, despite Morgan’s goalscoring form, the US are one team of many who don’t need to rely on just one player for their goals. It’s that wide spread of players who can find the back of the net that usually stands the World Champions in such good stead, taking the pressure off of Morgan and the rest of her attacking teammates.
Always a favourite team to go deep in tournaments, the added games that would come with a run to the final would, at the very least, give Morgan more opportunities to add to her tally.
The in-form European – Vivianne Miedema
As most WSL and Frauen-Bundesliga fans can tell you, Miedema is very good at scoring goals, very very good at scoring goals. So much so that the young striker spent the latter half of the WSL season setting and re-breaking the league goalscoring record.
Seemingly relaxed, almost to the point of, aloofishness, Arsenal fans have been treated to more of the Viv Show this season, watching the Dutch attacker float around the pitch to work spaces for her teammates. With the bulk of Miedema’s hard work going under the radar, she becomes a marmite character for most, including the Dutch faithful who have seen her historical lack of tournament goals as a shocking indictment.
With a handful of defenders usually marshalling where she’d get her shots off, Miedema’s role within the Dutch team has usually been tweaked when it comes to major tournaments, the striker doing more grunt work for her teammates. Once again it could be Lieke Martens’ time to shine.
The in-form Australian – Sam Kerr
A superlative goalscorer who loves a backflip, the Matildas’ captain could easily be the one who bags the golden award this summer. Having been in [near] unstoppable form for club and country for the last handful of years, it almost seems like the stars have aligned for Kerr and the Golden Generation of Aussies.
As the question marks remain around the squad, there real question is, if Australia don’t get out of Group C, can Kerr score heavily enough in their three matches? The same questions float around the Brazilian team, especially around Marta (who may or may not be healthy enough to even play three matches), which is hardly bad company for the 25-year-old.
With an incredible amount of pressure on her shoulders, this summer could be a defining one for Kerr and all Australians, whether or not she scoops the golden boot remains to be seen.
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