Top Contenders for the La Liga Golden Boot: December 2018
Hello and Welcome back to our assessment of the race to the La Liga Golden Boot at the start of December. The last month has seen a lot of action and most contenders from out last assessment have maintained their performance to continue to be in the race at the start of this month. The only player who misses out is Pablo Sarabia, who has failed to score in the league and drops away from the list by way of a lesser goals per game ratio.
In a change from October, the list is no longer dominated by Sevilla, as Sarabia's absence means that they have two players in the list, the same as Celta de Vigo. Barcelona takes over the mantle instead, and the Catalans now have as many as three players in this list. The 10 players here have now scored a total of 82 goals in the La Liga so far this season, but who enters the list for the first time and which players retain their positions from last month? Read on to find out the top 10 contenders for the La Liga Golden Boot at the start of December.
#10 Ousmane Dembele (France, Barcelona)
Goals Scored - 5
The Frenchman's career has failed to kick off ever since the move to the Nou Camp from Borussia Dortmund. A loss of form, coupled with injuries and lack of chances has restricted Dembele's development at Barcelona. Last season, the Frenchman appeared just 17 times in the league, out of which he was in the starting eleven just 12 times. He scored 3 goals in La Liga and 4 goals from 24 games in all competitions last season.
This season, Dembele has stayed fit so far and looks to be in better shape. In La Liga, he started in the first 7 games back to back, scoring 3 goals. Since then, he came off the bench in 5 games, scoring twice. He was in the starting eleven again last weekend against Villareal, but could not find the back of the net. The Frenchman has 5 goals and 2 assists from 13 appearances so far in the League; and 7 goals and 4 assists in 18 games in all competition.
In La Liga, Dembele averages a goal every 148 minutes and has recorded 21 shot so far, with 11 of those on target. At the start of December, he is 10th in the race to the La Liga Golden Boot and he appears in this list for the first time this season.