In his two seasons with Southampton, Sofiane Boufal has only shown flashes of the promise he demonstrated whilst playing in France. The Moroccan though did produce this exceptional piece of solo brilliance in a fairly sterile game against West Bromwich Albion.
The game on the south coast looked like it was petering out towards a pretty ordinary 0-0 draw when Boufal took centre stage in the 85th minute. The tricky winger, who had only arrived into the contest as a substitute four minutes earlier, he twisted past Allan Nyom in his own half before using his speed to leave Jake Livermore trailing in his wake. As Boufal continued his surge towards goal, he bamboozled past Craig Dawson. Desperate to keep up having been the first man beaten, Nyom ran into Dawson and both hit the turf. Gareth McAuley was the next defender who backed off and was beaten and lastly, goalkeeper Ben Foster couldn’t stop his neatly-placed effort into the bottom corner.
It was a goal fitting to win a tight match between two sides who would ultimately spend the majority of the campaign at the wrong end of the table. It didn’t sparkle Boufal’s season into life though. He was left out of Morocco’s squad for the 2018 World Cup finals and was recently excluded from the Saints’ pre-season tour of China by new manager Mark Hughes. His future at the club looks bleak.
However, this tremendous solo goal was voted by fans as the Carling Goal of the Season for the 2017-2018 campaign.
Aston Villa were one of the most exciting Premier League teams in the 1992-1993 season and they pushed Manchester United very close in the title race. Ron Atkinson’s side produced great entertainment and they were spearheaded by a formidable attacking partnership of Dean Saunders and Dalian Atkinson.
At Selhurst Park in October 1992, Atkinson scored the Goal of the Season and it was all his own work. He won possession in his own half and went on a mazy run through the heart of the pitch, evading three Wimbledon defending challenges. He had options, including Saunders to his left-hand side but Atkinson was only interested in scoring himself.
Spotting the goalkeeper slightly off his line, he then produced a delicious chip which found the back of the net. It was a goal extremely fitting to win any contest when Dalian was at the peak of his powers.
Dalian Atkinson died on 15th August 2016. He was just 48-years-old. His legacy will always be marked by this world-class goal.
A month earlier, Liverpool FC had been dumped out of the FA Cup by Portsmouth. Gerard Houllier’s side were keen for revenge and they achieved this with a routine 3-0 victory at Anfield. The scoring was opened in spectacular fashion from Dietmar Hamann.
The German midfielder didn’t score many in his career but when he did find the target, they often flew into the top corner of the net. This was another of those unstoppable efforts. Michael Owen was the provider on this occasion. It was his cross from a corner which hadn’t been cleared properly and Hamann met it with a fantastic volley that sped into the goal.
It was crowned Goal of the Season for the 2003-2004 campaign by viewers of ITV’s ‘The Premiership.’
Not usually a regular goalscorer, Steve Froggatt produced a memorable strike at home to Everton in November 1998. The ex-Aston Villa player was impressing with his consistently strong displays for Coventry City in the early weeks of the 1998-1999 campaign. His form was so good; Glenn Hoddle was considering calling him up for the next England squad before his own sacking in February 1999.
Midway through the first half, he collected possession and went on an advancing forward run. The Everton players back off, tempting him to have a shot from distance. They paid the ultimate penalty. Froggatt launched a spectacular drive that flew into the top corner of the net. It was his first goal for Coventry and quite probably the greatest goal of his career. Coventry would record an impressive 3-0 victory.
The strike was voted the Premier League Goal of the Season for 1998-1999 by Sky Sports viewers.
Charlton Athletic were enjoying a comfortable campaign in 2000-2001 and were destined to finish in the top half of the table. On April Fools’ Day 2001, there was no fooling around this shot from Shaun Bartlett which was the rightful winner of the Goal of the Season award.
The Addicks were already 1-0 ahead in this match with Leicester City when this magical goal occurred. Graham Stuart played an inch-perfect pass over the top of the Leicester defence. Bartlett watched the ball all the way on its journey in the air. As it dropped down towards ground level, he hit the strike first-time on the volley which headed straight into the net.
Charlton won the game 2-0 and Bartlett had launched himself onto the Premier League stage in the grand manner.
On his day, Rod Wallace could produce the absolute spectacular and this was undoubtedly his greatest goal in his Leeds United career.
Against a Tottenham side in April 1994, Wallace took on all the opposition defenders and beat the lot of them. Receiving possession from around 60 yards from his goal, Wallace went towards the touchline and then jinked past two Tottenham defenders who couldn’t prevent him from going into touch.
His weaving run took him to the edge of the penalty area. By then, he had support in the box but Wallace’s eyes were focused on the goal and nothing else. He then produced a finesse curling shot to defeat the Spurs goalkeeper and take the acclaim of the Elland Road crowd.
This was voted the Goal of the Season by BBC viewers in 1994 and has also come out on-top in a FourFourTwo website vote too. This is a goal that has stood the test of time.
Voted as Goal of the Season by viewers of ITV’s ‘The Premiership’ during the 2002-2003 season, this was Thierry Henry at his absolute best as Tottenham couldn’t live with him in the North London Derby.
Just over 15 minutes had been played when Henry controlled the ball inside his own half and turned past Matthew Etherington. The Frenchman started running away from Etherington and burst past the centre circle. He had options in Dennis Bergkamp and Sylvain Wiltord but Henry only had one thing on his mind and that was to score.
Drifting away from Stephen Carr and Ledley King, Henry found the space to shoot and beat Kasey Keller to complete one of the greatest solo goals we’ve seen in this classic rivalry. He promptly completed his long-distance run with a long-distance celebration back to his own half to celebrate with the Gunners’ supporters.
Arsenal won 3-0 in a period when they were the class of north London.