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Will Wayne Rooney Lead The League In Goals?

“Fact Or Fiction” is a series that will be run every Friday. In this series, an assertion will be made regarding an impacting topic in the Premier League. EPL Talk writers Matt Hackenmiller and Earl Reed each offer their views on whether the statement is “Fact or Fiction.”

Fact or Fiction: Wayne Rooney will lead the Premier League in goals scored this season.

MH: Fact. Although Wayne Rooney has been slowed the past few weeks with an injury, he is still the odds on favorite to lead the league in scoring. By the way that Rooney has began the season, the goal-scoring drought of last season seems to be in the rearview mirror. He will continue to be the focus of the Manchester United attack as he remains one of the best players in Europe. Also, some of Rooney’s biggest competition, Carlos Tevez and Didier Drogba, either have personal issues or have fallen out of favor for their perspective clubs. The only other player to match Rooney’s start to the season is Sergio Aguero and he has not been tested over a full season in England. So as long as Rooney can stay relatively healthy, there is a pretty good chance that he will lead the league in scoring.

ER: Fiction. This is a tough one. While Aguero and Dzeko are both in the early running behind Rooney, I’m going to take a long-shot at another Manchester City-owned player: Emmanuel Adebayor. He’s had a tough ride over the last couple of years, with City continually burying him in the depth chart with forward after forward. After a loan stint at Real Madrid last season, I think he’s ready to return to prominence on the Premier League stage on loan with Tottenham. He has 3 goals thus far, and that’s considering he missed a couple of early fixtures before his loan move. He’s starting to bed in with the club, and Spurs have already gotten both City and United out of the way in their first half fixtures. With easier fixture list to close the first half, a club looking to return to the Champions League, and a player who needs to prove he is still a top-class striker, I think Adebayor has a great shot at the Golden Boot.

What do you think, is it fact or fiction that Wayne Rooney will lead the Premier League in goals scored this season?

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  1. Jason

    October 8, 2011 at 7:41 pm

    I don’t think Rooney will be able to maintain his good form for the entire season. He’ll be in the top 3 but won’t be the leading scorer in the EPL. My dark horse is Demba Ba of Newcastle.

  2. trickybrkn

    October 7, 2011 at 9:24 pm

    How about a dark horse, Shane Long.

  3. Tray

    October 7, 2011 at 7:41 pm

    Rooney’s family issues will hurt him. Ashley Young will win the top scorer title in the EPL.

  4. George

    October 7, 2011 at 10:56 am

    I wouldn’t mind some random name pop up and lead in goals, but Rooney probably has the best shot.

  5. Purdman

    October 7, 2011 at 10:43 am

    Aguero, Dzeko might not be able to do it because they have to share the wealth and playing time with eachother and Balotelli….If Dzeko, Balotelli or Aguero were given the same amount of playing time as Rooney, they’d prob take it home.

    Rooney and Adebayor are guaranteed, indisputably their teams #1 striker, so they have a better chance than the City guys.

    Other possibilities…
    Torres (don’t laugh, we all know what he is capable of. Depends if he gets the playing time though over Drogba, Sturridge, etc.)
    Van Persie (doubt it, Arsenal stinks)

  6. LOL

    October 7, 2011 at 10:31 am


    If you really think Adebayor will be the top scorer.


    • evan

      October 7, 2011 at 11:41 am

      Adebayor has a great chance of getting the golden boot.
      dont be a tw*t.

  7. Gary

    October 7, 2011 at 10:21 am

    Fiction because it’s a “fact” that his father and uncle have bet against Wayne leading the league in goals 🙂

  8. Carmello

    October 7, 2011 at 9:33 am

    Fiction: Rooney’s form always tends to dip when his personal life is going a bit haywire, and I think it’s safe to say that while he appears to be ok with the allegations made against his father and uncle, I am curious to see how he responds on the pitch. When the world starts to turn its eyes on Rooney’s personal life, his eyes begin to wander away from goal. There always seems to be these massive investigations into his life when large tournaments are on the line, or when his form is flying-high. Ridiculous. I think he’ll have a good first half of the season, but second half he’ll fall apart. Not sure who will slip their feet into that golden boot though… I’m hoping for someone under the radar.

    • if it aint broke dont fix it

      October 8, 2011 at 5:18 am

      “safe to say he appears ok” did u not watch him get sent off last night?

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