Once one delves deeper than Diego Costa in the Premier League top scorer market the prices move into double digits, granting savvy/lucky punters the opportunity to yield some serious profits.
That being said, the 14/1 about Wayne Rooney taking home the gong looks especially appetising.
Playing in a team that’s sure to be oozing attacking verve, in a system tailored to extract the best from him, the Scouse sharpshooter stands every chance of rivalling his shorter-priced counterparts to land the shiny shoe this season.
He’s notched five in already in pre-season and must be considered a serious contender – here’s why:
Premier League Pedigree:
Rooney’s top-tier goal-getting prowess is unquestionable; he’s recorded a double-figure goal haul in each of the ten seasons he’s played for Manchester United.
Despite the Red Devils’ struggles last term, he still managed to post his third-highest total in United colours, closing the campaign on 17, ten shy of his 27 personal best.
As far as consistency goes, few can rival the Everton academy graduate.
Pocketing a wage packet believed to be around the £300,000 per-week mark, should Louis van Gaal plan to omit the 28-year-old, he’ll need to strap his silver tongue in when explaining his rationale to the Man Utd moneymen.
A front-runner in the Red Devils captaincy race, Rooney is a cert to be pitched in from the start for every game he’s fit for, despite international-standard colleagues such as Danny Welbeck and Javier Hernandez gunning for his berth.
Van Gaal’s 3-4-1-2 is geared to forge goalscoring opportunities aplenty.
In a less adventurous system under the previous regime, only Luis Suarez and Sergio Aguero bested Rooney’s 3.5 shots-per-game average last season and with an improved supply line this is forecast to improve.
The 95-cap England man is fortunate enough never to have had his career marred by long-term injuries, but is not immune to the occasional niggling complaint.
He missed three weeks last term owing to a groin strain – his second in as many seasons – but his longest stint in the sick bay is yet to top a month.