• The five most spectacular goals of recent seasons are celebrated

  • Two Spurs players pull off moments of pure magic 

  • Wayne Rooney scores more unforgettable goals than any other player

The Premier League Goal of the Season award is only five years young but in due course will surely become an esteemed accolade that resides alongside the Golden Boot and Team of the Year.

Introduced to commemorate goals that are out of the ordinary, that propel supporters from their seats in open-mouthed astonishment, it was recently decided to back-date the award to honour the best seasonal slice of individual magic going right back to the league’s forming in 1992.

PL Goal Of The Season Winners List:

Here though, we are concentrating on the five official winners, initially voted for by the public before being whittled down to one unforgettable, stand-alone effort by a panel of experts.

These are goals that remind us why we endure the 0-0 draws in the rain. Because at any given moment, from seemingly nowhere, sorcery takes place and transports us to a whole other world.

Premier League Goals of the Season

Emre Can (16/17)

It’s a pretty safe football prediction to back the Reds to challenge for the title this season. After all, Jurgen Klopp’s side are back to their formidable best and racking up wins on a weekly basis.

That was not the case in the German’s inaugural campaign however and with five games to go, Liverpool travelled to Watford needing a win to keep them in the top four reckoning.

An early injury to Philippe Coutinho necessitated that Can was pushed further forward and just before the break that tactical switch paid off handsomely when a curling cross was met by an audacious scissors kick.

Any acrobatic strike that finds the net is impressive, but what made this wonder-goal really stand out was that it was achieved ‘on the run’, with the midfielder merely slowing his pace to perform the incredible feat.

The aim was true. The execution was remarkable.

Sofiane Boufal (17/18)

Betting on football online is fun because it rewards analysis and gut instinct.

Then an erratic talent comes on as a substitute and with five minutes to go in a game locked in stalemate, enacts an utterly ridiculous exercise in pure brilliance that throws the formbook and intuition out of the window.

At that point you just have to laugh and hold your hands up. Football has done a madness.

The Moroccan midfielder only scored twice for the Saints this season, and one of them was a ludicrous one-man adventure that saw him beat three opponents before he even reached the halfway line.

If slaloming his way through almost the entire Baggies side was not eye-catching enough, there is even a moment when two players comically collide in their desperate attempt to stop him. That just makes it perfect.

Andros Townsend (18/19)

The latest Premier League odds have City down as favourites for the title and rightly so. The Blues will be wary though of having to still face Everton twice, especially when the ball falls to Townsend thirty yards out.

When Pep Guardiola’s side hosted Palace at the Etihad over the Christmas period of 2018 their home record to that point read, played nine, won nine.

Clearly it was going to take something special to temporarily halt their march to a fourth Premier League crown.

That something special arrived after half an hour with the score at 1-1. A headed clearance was thumped on the full volley; a clean strike that screamed into Ederson’s top corner.

Pick whatever superlative you like for this one: spectacular; out of this world; stupendous. None of them do it justice.

Son Heung-min (19/20)

Some memorable goals are over in a heartbeat. Others build and build. When Son gains possession on the edge of his own box against Burnley in December 2019, his first thought is to lay it off.

He looks around, spying a dash out wide from Dele Ali but at the point of release two opponents descend, requiring him to sprint away from them.

This interests two further opponents who seek to close the South Korean attacker down so now Ali is in acres of space with Son surrounded by four Clarets players. But the pass is no longer on.

A burst of speed and a heavy-ish touch takes the quartet out of the equation while a nimble change of direction leaves a fifth flat-footed.

And suddenly, a 70-yard lung-busting charge has brought a sight of goal with just Nick Pope to beat. The composed finish belied the kinetic brilliance that preceded it.

One of the best Asian players in Premier League history had just scored one of the best Premier League goals of all time.

Erik Lamela (20/21)

If you’re going to pull off a cheeky rabona finish that dumbfounds three defenders and nestles into the corner of the net, unquestionably the best time to do it is during a derby at the home of a fierce rival.

That’s precisely what Lamela did last term at the Emirates, instantly securing legendary status among the Spurs faithful.

Regrettably there were no fans to witness the Argentine’s alchemy while the midfielder later blotted his copybook by seeing red for a stray elbow.

But the empty stands and his sending off will be forgotten through the midst of time. His marvellous impudence will not be.

BBC Goal of the Season

The Premier League Goal of the Season merit may be relatively new-fangled but for decades now the BBC have paid tribute to spectacular feats in English football with their own award.

Via Match of the Day, some truly iconic long-range strikes and solo efforts have been suitably recognized and celebrated, including Justin Fashanu’s dipping volley at Carrow Road that amazes to this very day and Keith Houchin’s diving header for Coventry that won them the FA Cup against the odds.

Unsurprisingly, Denis Bergkamp features on the illustrious rollcall of past winners as too Matt Le Tissier who for several years could probably have justified a goal of the season award just for himself.

Even so, it’s Wayne Rooney who has won the BBC’s version the most and that seems logical given that the Manchester United great was one of the youngest goal scorers in the top-flight but also, a good many seasons later, one of the oldest.

*Credit for all of the photos in this article belongs to AP Photo*


FIRST PUBLISHED: 22nd October 2021

About the Author
Ste Tudor

Stephen Tudor is a freelance football writer and fantasy football enthusiast who only knows slightly less about the game than you do.

A contributor to FourFourTwo and Forbes, he is a Manchester City fan who was taken to Maine Road as a child because his grandad predicted they would one day be good.