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Premier League top scorers in 2016

Manchester City's striker Sergio Aguero celebrates after scoring the opening goal
Image: Sergio Aguero is the Premier League's leading goalscorer in 2016

Sergio Aguero is the Premier League's top scorer for the 2016 calendar year ahead of last season's Golden Boot winner Harry Kane.

Manchester City striker Aguero was just beaten to the 2015/16 prize, scoring 24 goals compared to Kane's 25, but has continued to find the net in the first half of the new campaign to record 27 top-flight strikes in 2016 with one game left to play.

The Argentine was on fire from January, scoring five times in City's first four Premier League fixtures of the year, and has already struck 10 times in the new season. 

Aguero is due back from suspension as City close the year with a mouthwatering tussle against Liverpool but even if he is not able to add to his tally, he is certain to finish as 2016's most prolific top-flight goalscorer.

Kane failed to score in Tottenham's first three games of the current campaign, but has still found the net on eight occasions and finishes the calendar year on 22 goals, with Spurs now not set to play until New Year's Day.

2016 Premier League top scorers

Player Goals in 2016
Sergio Aguero 27
Harry Kane 22
Diego Costa 20
Jermain Defoe 19
Alexis Sanchez 19
Sadio Mane 16
Michail Antonio 15
Jamie Vardy 14
Roberto Firmino 14
Gylfi Sigurdsson 14
Romelu Lukaku 13
Salomon Rondon 13
Eden Hazard 13
Zlatan Ibrahimovic 12
Dele Alli 12
Christian Benteke 11
Troy Deeney 11
Adam Lallana 11
Theo Walcott 10
Kelechi Iheanacho 10
Olivier Giroud 10

Zlatan Ibrahimovic only signed for Manchester United in the summer but has already climbed to ninth position in the list - just two goals behind Leicester City and England forward Jamie Vardy - after scoring 12 times in the top flight since joining Jose Mourinho's side. 

The 35-year-old is the only United player to feature in the league's top 20 goalscorers for the year - and could yet add to his 2016 tally when United host Middlesbrough on New Year's Eve.

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Despite recording 24 Premier League goals to help Leicester City to the title last season, Vardy has only scored 14 times in the top flight over the last 12 months as the Foxes have failed to replicate their form in the latter half of the year.

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored his 12th Premier League goal for Manchester United in the 3-1 win over Sunderland

Jermain Defoe is currently the second-highest Englishman in the standings, helping to steer Sunderland away from relegation at the end of the last campaign and continuing his form throughout the year to claim 19 goals. The 34-year-old scored five goals in his first two games in January and has shown no signs of slowing down, with one final chance against Burnley to boost his 2016 total. 

Liverpool's top-placed scorer so far is Sadio Mane with 16 Premier League goals to his name in 2016, though half of those came with former club Southampton before he headed to Anfield in the summer transfer window. 

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