Golden Boots: Salah and Son share the spoils

Son and Salah strike even, claiming their first and third awards, respectively.

Mary Chude
31st May 2022
Image credit: Twitter - @SupremeEngraver
This year will see the golden boot be presented to two Premier League players, the winning pair producing 23 goals apiece. The winning forwards, Mohamed Salah of Liverpool and Son Heung-Min of Tottenham Hotspur, had to settle on sharing this year’s award after their tallies were tied following the final fixture.

Ahead of the final fixture, it was all to play for - Salah, headed the goal charts, just the one goal separating him from Son, the South Korean international, in second. Son struck first, scoring in the 70th minute, putting his side 4-0 up, away at already relegated Norwich. His second came 5 minutes later – a wonderful long-range strike, marking his brace and a 5-0 score line to boot.

Beating the keeper from about 18 yards out would have been a lovely way to seal the Golden Boot for himself, but Salah had other plans. Son, who was selected to start, certainly made the most of things, Salah having to sit out the first half due to injury precaution. Salah, who saw his side stuck at 1-1, came on in the 58th minute, hoping to be the hero. And a hero he was, his heroics coming six minutes from his first touch - having tipped the ball in the net, sorting a set piece scramble.

An exciting end to the Golden Boot contest, this saw Salah claim, not only his third Golden Boot award, but his second time splitting it with other scorers, having to do so in the 2018/19 season also, where it drew a three-way tie.

Son, on the other hand, who, in receiving the award for the first time, becomes the first Asian player to win this accolade. Further, for no penalties contributed to his placement on top, Son’s accomplishment deserves all the more praise.

Taking a closer look at how they came out on top, Salah’s best scoring form was set between August and October, where he scored in seven consecutive league games. Son’s most scintillating form stood at the tail end of the season, scoring in nine of his last 10 games, resulting in his soaring up the scoring charts.

Both players were able to clinch a hattrick: Salah’s coming at Manchester United on 23rd October, Son finding three at Aston Villa on 9th April, respectively.

In conclusion of this contest, the Premier League has yet again delivered a sensational end to the season. Let’s hope next season it can prove to us all once again why its competitive spirit is simply unmatched.

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