Premier League Goals of the Season – Who Gets Your Vote?

Premier League Goals of the Season – Who Gets Your Vote?

With the Premier League season now done and dusted, we take a look at 5 of the best goals scored this season…

Last weekend we all witnessed one of the saddest sights possible in football, the Premier League’s final day. With no more domestic action now until early-August, it’s left us all a bit dazed and confused as into what we’re now supposed to do with our weekends. Luckily, the World Cup is less than just a month away, so before England get dumped out of the competition by Panama we can all spend a few weeks enjoying the thought of success.. again.

As for the Premier League though, this season was a pleasure to watch. A whitewash in terms of competition to the title, we were still treated to some fantastic football, with Manchester City completely dominating the division from minute one. As always, there were some truly stunning goals scored throughout the enthralling 9 month campaign, and we’ve taken a look at five of the best ones (in our humble opinion) below. Have a read and register your vote in the poll attached at the end! If we’ve missed any out, please don’t hesitate to let us know on Twitter by tweeting us @Oddschanger!

5. Pedro Obiang – Tottenham v West Ham

In an otherwise fairly drab season for West Ham, Pedro Obiang’s wonder strike against Tottenham back in January will stand out to many fans as their highlight of the season (after avoiding relegation, of course). The Spaniard picked up the ball from roughly 25 yards out and unleashed a shot from a incredibly tricky angle, past a helpless Hugo Lloris at his near post. So often we’ve seen this type of shot end up in Row Z, with the player supplying it looking like a bit of a doughnut for even attempting it instead of passing to a teammate in a better position.

The distance was one thing with this goal, but as mentioned before, the angle he took the shot on from was also far from ideal. The Hammers midfielder wasn’t central, nor on the side of the box tailored for a right footed player, which makes his efforts even more impressive. The keeper he scored it past, Hugo Lloris, is deemed as one of the best in the league and rarely gets beaten at his near post, however there was simply no stopping this thunderous strike. The ball kept rising and rising, eventually rippling the top of the Spurs net in an emphatic style. We’re not entirely sure he could ever do it again, but it doesn’t really matter when you’ve done it once already, does it?

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4. Raheem Sterling – Manchester City v Stoke City

Manchester City demonstrated to everybody just how to play football this season. Dominating possession in every game they played and ruthless in the final third, they were a delight to watch this term and won the league at a canter. City kept the ball for large parts of each match they played in the Premier League, frustrating their opponents and breaking them down bit by bit until they could penetrate their defence and score. Guardiola’s men displayed this type of football against the best teams in the division, making them look like amateurs, so when they faced the leagues much weaker sides it was at times reminiscent of a training match.

Raheem Sterling’s goal against Stoke back in October epitomised Manchester City’s season. The build up to it was magnificent; free flowing, effortless passing, executed to perfection. Just like most of City’s goals, it started from the back with Fabian Delph passing the ball to goalkeeper Ederson. He then trusts Fernandinho by drilling it into the holding midfielder on the edge of the area, before the Brazilian sets it back to John Stones at centre-half, who then feeds it into player of the season Kevin de Bruyne on the edge of the area. A neat bit of interchange between Walker and de Bruyne then sees the ball passed onto David Silva, who takes it effortlessly on the half turn and feeds Leroy Sane down the left hand side. Sane squares up young Potters defender Tom Edwards, skins him, plays and unbelievable one-two with de Bruyne and then sets Sterling up for an easy tap in. Magical stuff.

(Credit: Manchester City Official Website)

3. Wayne Rooney – Everton v West Ham

Wayne Rooney has previous when it comes to scoring goals from the halfway line, especially against West Ham. The former England international dazzled everybody back in 2014 when he struck home from just inside the Hammers half at Upton Park to beat goalkeeper Adrian, and he was at it again this season for new club Everton. Most players would have never even contemplated shooting from 60 yards out without a touch to set themselves, but not Rooney, oh no. Hitting it as perfectly as he possibly could have, the 32-year-old wound up that lethal right foot and guided a missile of a shot over wandering West Ham keeper Joe Hart in a finish that will rightfully go down as one of the greatest goals in Premier League history.

What made this goal even more special is that it was to complete his hat-trick that evening. Plenty of talk is now surrounding Rooney’s future in England’s top flight following a fairly lacklustre return to Goodison Park this time out. However with 11 goals to his name, including this rocket against the Hammers we’re pretty sure he’s got at least another season in the Premier League left in him. The rumours of him joining the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Ashley Cole in the MLS seem to be picking up clout as we move into the summer transfer window, and should he make the switch across the Atlantic we’ll almost certainly be treated to more goals of this calibre.

(Credit: Everton FC YouTube Channel)

2. Sofiane Boufal – Southampton v West Brom

Southampton left it late to secure their Premier League safety this season after battling relegation for large parts of the campaign. A dramatic 1-0 win over fellow relegation candidates Swansea earlier this month meant that the Welshmen dropped into the Championship and the Saints remained in the top flight, which sent fans of the club into euphoria. A promising FA Cup run also did morale at St Mary’s the world of good, however aside from that there has been little to smile about on the south coast this term. Boring, negative football and a severe lack of goals has been the reason Southampton found themselves in a relegation scrap this time around, however Sofiane Boufal’s terrific effort against West Brom back in October did provide fans with some entertainment last year.

Boufal has been used sparingly this season, firstly by previous manager Mauricio Pellegrino and even less by current boss Mark Hughes. He’s been largely ineffective since his arrival from Lille for £16m back in 2016, however this goal against the Baggies will always be remembered at St Marys. Picking the ball up from his own half after brushing off full-back Allan Nyom, Boufal goes on a surging run, skinning several West Brom players in the process before curling the ball past Ben Foster to win his side the game. In an otherwise awful game of football, substitute Boufal (who it’s worth mentioning was only on the pitch for 4 minutes prior to this world class goal) completely stole the show. It now looks as though he may not be at Saints for much longer after falling out with manager Mark Hughes, but one thing is for sure, he’ll always be known on the south coast for this tremendous solo effort.

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1. Charlie Daniels – Bournemouth v Manchester City

Bournemouth left-back Charlie Daniels has an absolute wand of a left peg. The Cherries defender has popped up with some cracking goals in his time and was once Bournemouth’s designated penalty taker thanks to an impressive record from the spot. Daniels can not only strike the ball with such power, but also has perfect aim, regardless of the distance he’s shooting from. His goal against Manchester City back at the start of the season was quite frankly unbelievable. Everything about it on paper screamed disaster; the angle, the height of the ball and the goalkeeper he had to beat. Fortune favours the brave however, and this goal sums that age-old saying up perfectly.

The 31-year-old defender found himself, like he frequently does, on the edge of the penalty area in what can only be described as the perfect crossing position. A pacy, whipped ball into the box would have been the chosen option for most players, however Daniels had other ideas. As the ball sat up, he lashed at it with that famous left foot and produced an absolute screamer. The ball flew like an arrow being fired out of a cannon, leaving City’s shot stopper in a crumpled heap on the floor. An unbelievable finish that you’ll never get bored of watching, Daniels’ strike just pips the rest in this list as our goal of the season.

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Honourable mentions:

Antonio Valencia v Everton

Jamie Vardy v West Brom

Mohamed Salah v Bournemouth

What’s your Premier League goal of the Season? Have your say in our poll below!