The Premier League Golden Boot is arguably the most prestigious of individual awards amongst forwards, with the award given to the player who scores the most goals in each season.
The award was last won by AshantiGold’s Hans Kwofie, he netted 17 times in 2017 to scoop the award. But who are the top 5 potential winners of the award this season?
Asamoah Gyan (Legon Cities)
Asamoah Gyan on transfer deadline day sealed a lucrative move to Legon Cities, making a return to the country’s top flight league after 17 years of being away. The legendary forward previously played in the league for Liberty Professionals in 2003, scoring 10 goals in 16 games.
Although Asamoah Gyan then was a teen and doesn’t look physically strong or fit like he used to, it’ll be ludicrous for anyone to question his goal scoring prowess. Gyan will benefit so much from the creativity of Abdul Latif Jabila, Elvis Opoku and Jonah Attuquaye.
The former Black Stars skipper will be desperate to pick up the Golden Boot, but if he has to do so, then he will have to stay fit for most parts of season.
Yahaya Mohammed (Aduana Stars)
There is arguably no player in the Ghana Premier League who has higher expectations for himself than Yahaya Mohammed. The Aduana Stars striker netted 11 times in 15 games in the truncated 2019/20 league season, just 1 short of highest scorer Victorien Adebayor.
Despite being 1 short of the former Inter Allies striker, Yahaya Mohammed was optimistic of winning the Golden boot and I doubt he’s feeling any different now.
However, doing so wouldn’t come easy, the former OG Nice striker must do it without the services of Elvis Opoku who has been Aduana’s creative force in recent seasons.
Prince Adu Kwabena (Bechem United)
If there was anyone who looked like winning the Golden boot last season aside Victorien Adebayor, Yahaya Mohammed and Prince Opoku Agyemang, then it was Prince Adu Kwabena. The youngster scored 8 goals in 12 games.
Prince Adu Kwabena is prolific and ice cold in front of goal. What is surprising about is goal scoring prowess is that he’s only 17.
The Bechem United striker has already earned recognition within the country and outside, he was recently named in the list of Guardian’s 60 Best Young Talents (born in 2003) in the world.
Abednego Tetteh (Hearts of Oak)
Nicknamed “Ibrahimovic”, Abednego Tetteh might not be physically attractive as Zlatan Ibrahimovic, but he has an ego and talent that falls in line with that of the Swedish star.
Abednego Tetteh’s physique makes him a nightmare for most center-backs, he is actually unfazed by who he’s playing against. The big striker has already issued a warning to center-backs of what they should expect from him.
Tetteh previously played in the Ghana Premier League for Bechem United in 2016, he scored 12 goals in 22 games and will hope to do more with the likes of Emmanuel Nettey, Benjamin Afutu, Patrick Razak, Eric Dizan around to create the chances.
Kwame Poku (Asante Kotoko)
Even after a game in the new season, it is difficult to tell what Asante Kotoko will bring on board with a squad full of new faces, but it easy to tell what Kwame Poku will bring on board.
The young striker was prolific in Divisiion One for Nkoranza Warriors and has already shown signs of doing so at Kotoko, he scored 5 times in 6 preseason games and was on target in the club’s first league game of the season against Eleven Wonders.
If Kwame Poku can keep up with this form, then there is no reason why he cannot challenge for the Golden Boot come the end of the season.
Other Players to look out for:
Diawisie Taylor was the hottest striker during the Normalization Committee special competition, he netted 10 goals and was named top scorer. The Karela striker is one player to keep an eye on for the Golden boot.
Hans Kwofie returns to the AshantiGold after spells in Egypt, Tanzania and Malaysia. The 31-year old was the last player to win the Premier league golden, he scored 17 goals to scoop the award. A feat he stands a better of replicating this season.