Now that the group stages are over its time to look towards potential golden boot winners. The group stage is a great chance for players to get off to a flying start with regards to netting goals. From now on however the further you get in the tournament will help, I'm going to be taking a look at a few players capable of winning the golden boot, and why they might be worth backing.
1. Gareth Bale
The wales front man scored 7 in qualifying and now has 3 goals after 3 games within the tournament. This makes him joint top goal scorer. His goal scoring tally relies heavily upon how long Wales can last from now on in. It works both ways however, as his goal scoring could be vital to keeping them in. He has a good supply from Arsenal midfielder, and if the pair can continue to link up, the goals will come for the in form Gareth. Bale also boasts the ability to score set pieces, this will of course also help his chances of coming out with the golden boot at the end of the tournament.
After starting slowly Morata is now joint top with Bale. Having scored 3 goals. He has the advantage over Bale because Spain have a stronger depth in their squad and therefore a greater number of players who can provide for Morata. They also have a higher chance of staying in longer than Wales because of their stronger squad, giving Morata more play time to get goals. He often needs to be supplied well for his goals which could be his downfall, as Bale is very good at creating his own chances.
3.Outside chance Romelu Lukaku
Once again Lukaku could potentially get the golden boot, as long as Belgium keep performing. Belgium slipped up in their first game and any more performances like this will hinder Romelu's chances. He currently has 2 goals and heads into his name game with a strong Belgium squad behind him, and after a successful season I'd bag him to get more goals if given the opportunities. He's a very strong forward who is good at hold up play but can also create chances for himself, giving him a great chance at getting lots more goals.
4. Others in contention
There are a few players who have began scoring well, but just may fall short of the golden boot prize. These players are...
1. Dimitri Payet- Payet has 2 goals so far this tournament, he is at an advantage in that he is brilliant with free kicks, but he may struggle as the chances may not always come his way, being a midfielder. Although in the inspiring form he is in he could keep finding the net, so I wouldn't count him out completely
Another play where this is also the case is Nani, being a wider play he may not always get the chances but so far he has taken the ones he has got and finds him self on two goals. He needs to hope Portugal keep providing for him because they aren't having the best of tournaments, but Nani is working hard and I'm sure will continue to do so.
The Romanian man has scored 2 goals so far this tournament and boasts a shot on target percentage of 80%. This man is an example that its not always the huge named teams who have the highest goal scorers. However, Romania may struggle to progress due to some of the huge talents still left in the competition, and this will hugely limit Stancu.
Overall there are many players still in contention to win the golden boot. This is due to the competitive nature of the tournament so far, in another week or so we may have a better idea of who could win the golden boot, but for now its just best to sit back and enjoy the goals.