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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?

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West Ham United

Marlon Santos joining West Ham would be ideal solution to defensive woes



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There will be a summer of change at West Ham United this summer and with James Collins leaving the club there will be a spot opening up in defence. Reports from Spain indicate that the man to fill it could be Barcelona youngster Marlon Santos.

The Brazilian joined the Spanish giants permanently last summer after impressing for their B team and earning a first team debut in 2016/17 and spent pre-season with Ernesto Valverde’s first team before being sent out on loan.

Now, reliable Catalan newspaper Mundo Deportivo say that West Ham are interested in taking the defender on loan next season after he has impressed in France, playing for OGC Nice, making 27 appearances during his loan spell.

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The 22-year-old has also been linked with Leicester but with West Ham believed to be leading the chase, it would be a wise move from Manuel Pellegrini to seal a deal as soon as possible.

Strong in the tackle, Santos would also bring some much needed pace to the West Ham defence. Replacing the likes of Collins and Jose Fonte who departed in January, the arrival of a fleet-footed defender would be a welcome turnaround at the London Stadium.

It may also suggest a change in style, with the former Fluminense youth product known for his ability on the ball, often looking to dribble out from the back to get his team transitioning from defence to attack.

Pellegrini is clearly putting the building blocks in place to build a side in his own image, and bringing in Marlon Santos would be a cheap and sensible addition to fix a major problem area.

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Tottenham Hotspur

Malcom would add another dimension to Tottenham’s attack



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After an impressive 2017/18 campaign, Tottenham are already beginning to plan for 2018/19 and are keen to make a statement in their first season in a new look White Hart Lane. One way they may do so is with the addition of Girondins Bordeaux forward Malcom.

Sky Bet currently list Tottenham at 7/2 to sign the Brazilian, just behind favourites Manchester United in the running at 3/1, and such an acquisition would bring an exciting new element to Mauricio Pochettino‘s attacking set-up.

Predominantly playing on the right wing, Malcom may offer more width than many of the options within the Tottenham squad, but much like Heung-Min Son and Erik Lamela, he likes to dribble on the ball and cut inside, offering a direct threat rather than looking to cross into others.

The 21-year-old scored 12 goals in 35 Ligue Un games for Bordeaux this season and whilst not exactly prolific, would help to add goals to the Lilywhites’ midfield and reduce the reliance on Harry Kane.

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He also has some similarities to the likes of Christian Eriksen as a superb set piece taker who likes to shoot from distance, helping to add another dimension as Tottenham look to break down more defensive sides who sit deep in hope of frustrating them.

With huge potential to develop even further, Malcom may not come cheaply but would represent an interesting project for Pochettino to get even more out of him. Whilst he bares many similarities to Erik Lamela when he arrived in north London, if he can avoid injury he could go on to become the player Spurs had hoped to see Lamela become.

His pace and threat would add a much needed option into the Spurs attack, complimenting the playmakers like Eriksen, Dele Alli and Lucas Moura and supporting the goalgetter Harry Kane. Strength in depth is key in Tottenham’s quest for silverware and Malcom would be a step in the right direction to achieving it.

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Newcastle United

Fulham promotion opens up £15m exit for Aleksandar Mitrovic

The Newcastle United star is likely to move away from the club this summer.

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Fulham won promotion to the Premier League yesterday with a 1-0 win over Aston Villa in the Championship play-off final. The Cottagers scored in the first-half through Tom Cairney to rightfully take their place back in the top-flight of English football.

It was a tremendous performance and in the summer Fulham will be looking to bring in some new faces to help them stay in the top-flight. One of those faces, will not be necessarily new. Aleksandar Mitrovic has been brilliant for Fulham since joining on loan in January.

The Serbian striker has scored 12 goals since his arrival at Craven Cottage and will no doubt be wanted permanently at the club.

Is this good news for Newcastle United?

There has been plenty of talk regarding the Serbian’s exit from St James’ Park in the winter. Many fans on Tyneside are wondering whether the club should have kept him at Newcastle, considering his goal record in London.

(during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Watford at St. James Park on November 25, 2017 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.

However, it is clear that Rafa Benitez is not a fan of the player and the Spaniard certainly made things work without him.

The best thing for Newcastle right now is to sell him and ensure they bring in enough money to cover the cost of his original signing.

Fulham represent their best option to do so. Newcastle want about £15 million for the player, according to the London Evening Standard, which is the fee they paid for the Serbian in 2015.

Fulham will no doubt want to bring him to the club this summer, but would not have been able to bring him to the club had they failed to secure promotion to the Premier League.

The Cottagers can now afford the player and Mitrovic’s price-tag is unlikely to be a problem with the bonus they will receive for heading into the top-flight. Newcastle must be pleased that Fulham earned promotion, as it will allow them the best opportunity to move Mitrovic on without a major loss.

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