The Barclays Premier League is no stranger to seeing some belters rather frequently throughout the course of a season. This is largely down to the fact that it is the best league in the world.
In football, without wanting to sound like too much of a cliché, anything can happen. And in the Premier League, players who may be seemingly average in comparison to those around them happen to score some audacious efforts, ones they will be unlikely to ever repeat again in their careers.
Last season we saw our fair share of phenomenal strikes: Papiss Cissé vs Chelsea, Luis Suárez vs Norwich, and Peter Crouch vs Manchester City just to name a few.
This campaign has certainly met the high standards of last season’s criteria, and maybe even a little bit more.
Below are 5 of the current campaign’s best goals so far (in my view). Forgive me if I have missed out on any in an attempt to stay away from some of the more mainstream goals.
1. Adel Taarabt vs Fulham
QPR’s Moroccan magician gave his side a huge helping hand to help beat Fulham in a nail-biting 2-1 win at Loftus Road. Scoring a brace, it was clear that Taarabt was at the heart of everything good that QPR carried out, and the tricky African may well be the difference between his side staying and competing among Europe’s elite, or the Rangers dropping back down to the lowly nPower Championship. He has flourished this season, after enduring a painful first Premier League campaign last year. His second goal in the tie versus Fulham brought the genius many plaudits, and he almost single-handedly helped the London side claim their first 3 points of the season. What a goal it was.
2. Luis Suárez vs Newcastle
Liverpool’s Uruguayan striker has made the headlines almost weekly since his timely arrival in England. Controversies have overshadowed his stellar performances in a red shirt, and many fail to look beyond his misdemeanors, basing their opinion of his footballing ability on his unrighteousness. No matter how many goals the nutmeg-merchant adds to his tally, he is still looked upon by many as a pimple on the face of the Premier League, one FIFA representative went as far as calling him ‘a little bit of cancer in the game’. Although his antics seem to do him no favours, he does most of his talking through his insatiable hunger for the game. 17 league goals and counting this season, ‘El Pistolero’ has been a bright spark in an ever-faltering Liverpool side. His goal against Newcastle in 2012 was voted as Sky Sports’ goal of the season so far, so it’s no surprise to see it in this list. A sublime touch and a quick repositioning of the body followed by an elegant drop of the shoulder meant the forward went by Tim Krul with relative ease. It may have looked easy, but many others would have failed in a similar scenario.
3. Cameron Jerome vs Southampton
In the 90th minute, the substitute came on and scored an absolute worldie to see his side earn a 3-3 draw with struggling side Southampton. A fiercely hit volley is as aesthetically pleasing a goal as you’ll ever get, and this wonder-strike by the Englishman was no exception. What a hit.
4. Santi Cazorla vs West Ham
A personal favourite of mine from Arsenal’s midfield maestro Santi Cazorla. What a season he’s having at the Emirates, with 8 goals and 6 assists to his name, the Spaniard has almost surpassed his goal record in La Liga for Malaga, and it is only February. £12 million was never going to be a questionable fee to pay for such a talent, and he was widely regarded as the best player in La Liga outside of the two giants Barcelona and Real Madrid. Santi comes and goes at times, which can be frustrating, nonetheless his contribution to the London side has been duly noted by all onlookers of the Premier League. This goal in particular may not have been one of his trademark longshots, although it was an exquisite finish orchestrated by an Arsenal triumvirate, which resulted in a sneaky flick into the goal from the pouncing Cazorla. What a team effort.
5. Emerson Boyce vs Swansea
A goal that many would have forgotten about by now, considering it happened so early in the season. Emerson Boyce has scored two or three peaches for the Latics, and this goal was as innovative, unique and original as you’ll see all season. Such a complex finish takes extreme athleticism and audacity, something the Barbadian must have in abundance. An underrated goal, courtesy of an underrated player, yet a strong candidate for goal of the season. Take a bow son.
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