The race for the WSL Golden Boot is heating up.
With the WSL set to conclude in three months' time, the league’s top scorers are battling it out amongst one another to get their hands on the award.
The WSL league table has remained tight for the whole season and there seems to be very little to separate the top sides. Chelsea are in top spot just two points ahead of Manchester United, and four points above Arsenal, who have a game in hand.
In one of the league’s most competitive seasons to date, Manchester City’s Khadija “Bunny” Shaw and Aston Villa’s Rachel Daly are leading the goal-scoring charts.
In the league, Jamaican international, Shaw has found the back of the net 10 times this season. In October she was named the WSL Player of the Month.
The 26-year-old clearly has the Golden Boot in her sights. In early January she said: “For the position I play, [winning the Golden Boot] is something I look to”.
Villa’s Rachel Daly is one goal behind Shaw with 9. The England international has been leading the Villa line since her transfer to the Midlands in the summer of 2022 after leaving Houston Dash.
Despite her goal-scoring ability Daly has been playing in defence for her country, highlighting her versatility. Only time will tell if we will see the 31-year-old moved up the pitch to continue her goal-scoring form on the international stage.
Behind Shaw and Daly are Sam Kerr (Chelsea), Fran Kirby (Chelsea) and Katie Stengel (Liverpool) all on six goals, and they are certainly not out of the race just yet.
Arsenal’s Vivianne Miedema currently holds the record for the greatest number of goals scored in a WSL season. The Arsenal forward scored 22 goals in the 2018/19 season.
Sam Kerr won the 21/22 WSL Golden Boot and went close to Miedema’s record scoring 21 goals in 20 games.
With around ten games to go until the end of the season, it will be interesting to see who finishes top goal scorer.