It has been a season where commentators have ran out of cliche’s to use, they’ve struggled to come up with enough superlatives for some of the beauties that have flown past goalkeepers in this Premier League. There have been some absolute stunners this season, and I pick my top five, after a roundup of the season’s best strikes.
The long range efforts often get all the glory and Enner Valencia’s strike at Hull deserves special mention, with Victor Wanyama’s improvised effort from a long way out also at the KC rather impressive. Leroy Fer recently scored a 30 yard thunderbolt against Newcastle but Phil Jagielka’s last minute half volley against Liverpool was probably the pick of the bunch.
Jermain Defoe’s strike against Newcastle was a moment of genius and Ashley Barnes netted an impressive curler against Tottenham. Phillipe Coutinho deserves a mention, with his effort against Manchester City. Shane Long’s curling chip in the recent 6-1 demolition of Villa was well up there with the best and Matt Phillips scored a thunderbolt at Selhurst Park past Julian Speroni
In terms of solo goals, David Silva’s darting run and finish at Upton Park is well up there and Wayne Rooney’s touch and finish versus Aston Villa was one to pick out. QPR’s Charlie Austin scored one very similar to Rooney’s earlier in the season at Southampton. Just minutes after his goal though, Graziano Pelle bettered him by chipping Rob Green with a superbly executed overhead kick.
Charlie Adam’s goal from his own half at Chelsea speaks for itself and Juan Mata’s scissor kick against Liverpool was one to treasure. Oscar’s outside of the boot finish against QPR was very special and Ayoze Perez’s clever backheel was rather cheeky. Bobby Zamora’s lob over Boaz Myhill was simply beautiful, and Wilfired Bony’s goal against Leicester was probably the team goal of the season.
So, which five out of the ones above are the best?
5- Phil Jagielka (Liverpool 1-1 Everton)
An absolute screamer from the centre-back in the Merseyside derby. As Adien McGeady’s cross is headed out of the area by Liverpool, the ball falls to Phil Jagielka, who unleashes a half-volley from 25,30 yards out, which was rifled into the top corner in stoppage time. We all love a goal off the underside of the bar, and this strike clipped the bar just before nestling in the net. The fact that it was Phil Jagielka of all people, and in such a big game, means it’s made the top five.
4- Jermain Defoe (Sunderland 1-0 Newcastle)
Again, in another huge local derby, Jermain Defoe strikes his team to a 5th straight Tynewear derby victory. The ball comes over his shoulder, onto his weak foot, where he strikes the ball beautifully up and into the top corner. A goal which brought Defoe to tears, it was such a sweet strike, that we simply couldn’t ignore it on the top five.
3- Bobby Zamora (West Brom 1-4 QPR)
Just narrowly beating Defoe to third place, Zamora’s astonishing chip at the Hawthorns had to make the cut. A player that has been going for so long, may well have scored his best ever goal in one of Rangers’ rare away wins. As the ball is played down the right wing, Zamora uses the outside of his left boot to lob the ball over the helpless Boaz Myhill via the underside of the bar. A goal that you will never tire of watching, Zamora is at number three.
2- Charlie Adam (Chelsea 2-1 Stoke)
Struck from his own half, Adam sees Thibaut Courtois off his line and strikes the ball over him from over 60 yards out. A goal arguably better than David Beckham’s similar strike against Wimbledon, it’s very close to being the goal of the season. The technical ability and trajectory that Adam put on the ball is simply breathtaking, and it deserves a lot of credit.
1- Matty Phillips (Crystal Palace 3-1 QPR)
Another QPR player makes the top five, and Matt Phillips just about sees of Charlie Adam’s effort to make number one. One of the best consolation goals of all time, Phillips plucks out the top corner from 40 yards, again via the crossbar. The purest strike of them all, his beats Adam’s due to the goalkeepers inability to do anything about it. Julian Speroni is left gazing at the ball as it flies past him, and Matt Phillips makes my goal of the season.
So with Matt Philips’ strike being my goal of the season, which goal would be your choice?