By Maryam Naz
Last Updated: 4th January 2019
William Hill’s Festive Football Top Goalscorer offer has seen a whole host of attacking football light up the Premier League around Boxing Day and New Year. But with the festivities now over, our writers have scoped out the best of the festive period, including some honorary mentions.
The winners: Harry Kane and Son Heung-min
It’s no surprise that the Tottenham boys have emerged head and shoulders above the rest, given the recent resurgent attacking display from Mauricio Pochettino’s men.
With the Lillywhites putting six past Everton and netting five times against Bournemouth, both Kane and Son have been clinical in their finishing.
MBE winner Kane wrapped up the festive period with a sumptuous goal against Wolves and a snatch-and-grab finish in last weekend’s win over Cardiff City. His sparring partner Son has been the life and soul of Spurs’s attacking movements, but in these past few weeks has exposes his adeptness as both provider and scorer. The 26-year-old came up with the goods against Neil Warnock’s men, also racking up his fifth assist of the season.
Moving forward into the new year, Pochettino will need both men to continue firing on all cylinders if Tottenham are to mount a sufficient title-charge and cement a top-four position.
The midfielder has been playing as a transformed man under interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, with four goals and an assist clinched in his last two games against Bournemouth and Huddersfield.
Under Jose Mourinho, Pogba remained an ever-present figure on the sidelines, but Solskjaer’s ‘go-big-or-go-home’ strategy which has allowed the 25-year-old to play in a freer role means things have really turned around for him in this festive period.
Goals, assists and attacking involvement – definitely a good look for the Frenchman.
The Gabonese striker has also impressed in this recent festive fixture period, and just like Pogba, has notched up four goals to his name.
But aside from his four goals, consecutive man-of-the-match performances against Burnley and Brighton where the 29-year-old was simply unplayable proves that he possesses the verve and ability to lead the Gunners to charge into the new year.
While there has never been any doubt in his finishing ability, Aubameyang is now proving to be able to adopt the role of the provider, which could be a crucial skill ahead of the race to clinch a top-four position.
The Brazilian may have struggled for goals earlier on in the season, but has finally returned to his swash-buckling self in this hectic festive fixture run.
Indeed, a hat-trick against Unai Emery’s Arsenal last weekend, coupled with a goal in last night’s defeat to Manchester City means that he’s back on track to hit double figures into the new year.
Given the task Liverpool face ahead in clinching their first league title since 1990, they will need the 27-year-old to chip often both defensively and offensively as much as he can.
His performances in these quick-fire games suggest that he will be up to the task to hit the ground running after this weekend’s FA Cup fixtures.
The final standings
With the final day of the offer over, we take a look at the goalscoring charts, led by the Tottenham duo Harry Kane and Son Heung-min.
Festive Football Top Goalscorer
Maryam is a female football writer, who grew up playing a wide variety of sport. She slowly became converted as a lover of football around the age of 10, and her interest in it drove her to pursue it not only physically, but also academically. In her first year of college she cemented a placement at the Independent, whom she worked for before branching out to Premier League-accredited sites like the female-led 'Offside Rule' blog and RealSport. She studied English at University alongside this, and is now a digital copy-writer and editor, specialising in sports journalism.