Goal of the Season - Time to cast your vote
This Premier League goal of the Month award for April will offer up some of the most magnificent strikes the competition has seen in recent years, yet they may not be the best of a season loaded with high class strikes.
Charlie Adam’s stunning 59-yard effort for Stoke against Chelsea, Wayne Rooney’s fizzing finish for Manchester United against Aston Villa, QPR’s Bobby Zamora’s sublime goal at West Bromwich Albion and Jermain Defoe’s winner for Sunderland against Newcastle all came on one glorious weekend of Premier League action in April, yet we are quick to forget the gems we witnessed earlier in this campaign.
Here is a reminder of our picks for the Premier League goal of the season, with your chance to vote for your favourite at the bottom of this page:
ANGEL DI MARIA - Leicester v Manchester United (September 21st 2014)
The brilliance of Di Maria’s goal in this game was quickly forgotten after Louis van Gaal’s United collapsed to a shocking 5-3 defeat at the King Power Stadium, but the Argentine’s first-half strike is worthy of recall.
With the vision of a master, the £59.7m man dinked a ball over the head of Leicester keeper Kasper Schmeichel to put his side 2-0 ahead in a game they appeared to be on course to win. He may not have had the mostimpressive of opening seasons at United, but this was a glimpse of what he’s capable of.
DAVID SILVA - West Ham v Manchester City (October 25th 2014)
With City in need of a moment of inspiration, it was no surprise when Spanish magician Silva popped up with the strike they were looking for.
Cutting inside and terrorising a West Ham defence that were afraid to touch him, Silva produced a curling finish that proved to be merely a consolation in a 2-1 defeat for Manuel Pellegrini’s side. Not for the first time this season, Silva proved to be City’s shining light on a day of disappointment.
PHILIPPE COUTINHO - Southampton v Liverpool (February 22nd 2015)
Amid the rain on a dank day at St Mary’s Stadium, Liverpool’s in-form midfielder produced a goalthat would have been a goal ofthe season certainty in most campaigns.
There appeared to be little danger as he collected the ball some 25 yards from goal, but with barely any back lift and a flick of his right boot, he produced a curling effort that sailed past Fraser Forster and exploded into the back of the net. A stunning strike.
JUAN MATA - Liverpool v Manchester United (March 22nd 2015)
Mata needed to be patient in waiting for a chance to prove his worth to United boss Louis van Gaal, but his moment arrived in a grand manner as his two-goal display against Liverpool at Anfield cemented his spot in the team.
His ‘scissors kick’ finish was instinctive and perfectly executed, with United supporters instantly hailing it as one of the best strikes they have seen from one of their heroes in the Premier League. Considering its significance in the race for the top-four finish, you could argue it was a goal of the season contender.
ALEXIS SANCHEZ - Arsenal v Liverpool (April 4th 2015)
A thrilling Arsenal move was given a powerful finishing flourish by Sanchez at Emirates Stadium, as he capped what has been a thrilling first season for the Chilean in English football with a goal to remember.
Liverpool keeper Simon Mignolet was criticised by some for his efforts in this game, but it was hard for him to get a trace on a rocket of a shot from Sanchez that tested the strength of the Emirates Stadium goal nets.
CHARLIE ADAM - Chelsea v Stoke (April 4th 2015)
The best long-range strike in Premier League history? Most pundits were quick to suggest Adam’s 59-yard screamer was a work of art that put it in a class of its own, and there is no doubt that it was a goal that will be replayed time and again.
Thibaut Courtois didn’t know what had hit him in the Chelsea goal and his mood will not have been helped by boss Jose Mourinho suggesting after the game that he should have been expecting that strike. Charlie Adam was surprised by what happened Jose, never mind your goalkeeper!
BOBBY ZAMORA - West Bromwich Albion v QPR (April 4th 2015)
If Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo had dreamed up this special strike at the Hawthorns, we would have been hailing it as one of the all-time classic goals. As it was, good ole Bobby produced a finish that was worthy of acclaim among the classic strikes of this season.
Zamora must have known his hopes of success were limited as he flicked an effort towards goal in a game that meant so much to QPR, yet the power and accuracy he got on his effort resulted in a truly brilliant strike.In many ways,this effort was more technically complex than Charlie Adam’s long-ranger against Chelsea.
WAYNE ROONEY - Manchester United v Aston Villa (April 4th 2015)
Rooney had so much to do as he plucked the ball out of of the sky to get under his control, with his turn and finish a masterful moment from the Manchester United skipper.
On any other weekend, this goal would have been hailed as something very special, but the strikes by Adam and Zamora ensure this was just one of the goals of a very special day of soccer.
JERMAIN DEFOE - Sunderland v Newcastle (April 5th 2015)
Given the significance of the fixture to the people of the North East and the importance of a win for his Sunderland team, this strike deserves to be mentioned in our list of classic goals.
Defoe has never been at his best when he is given time to weigh up a chance in front of goal, but he can produce flashes of genius when he works instinctively, and his thrilling finish to see of Newcastle was one of the best goals of his career.