Sunday 27 May 2018

Wayne Rooney from the halfway line to Wanyama's Anfield piledriver: 10 of the best goals in the Premier League this season

Wayne Rooney's cracker against West Ham and (inset) Wanyama celebrates against Liverpool
Wayne Rooney's cracker against West Ham and (inset) Wanyama celebrates against Liverpool

Ed Elliot

The Premier League season provided plenty of drama and a number of stunning goals.

Here, we ranks 10 of the best strikes from the 2017/18 campaign.

10. Antonio Valencia (MANCHESTER UNITED v Everton, September 17)

Captain on the day, right-back Valencia led by example when he ran on to a Nemanja Matic cross to lash a thunderous strike which dipped and swerved beyond Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.

9. Ashley Barnes (West Brom v BURNLEY, March 31)

Barnes quickly adapted after Aaron Lennon's cross was delivered into the box behind him, launching himself into the air to acrobatically volley home his fourth goal in four games.

8. Victor Wanyama (Liverpool v TOTTENHAM, February 4)

Spurs' Kenyan midfielder seized on a poor punch by Liverpool keeper Loris Karius in spectacular fashion, unleashing a first-time thunderbolt with the outside of his boot which flew into the top left corner from almost 30 yards.

7. Mark Noble (Leicester v WEST HAM, May 5)

After a Joao Mario free-kick was partially cleared, Hammers captain Noble showed superb technique to smash a right-footed volley across goal and into the bottom left corner from 25 yards.

6. Christian Eriksen (Chelsea v TOTTENHAM, April 1)

Chelsea appeared to be in little danger when Eriksen collected the ball 30 yards from goal but he advanced slightly and then let fly with a wickedly dipping drive which deceived Blues goalkeeper Willy Caballero and dropped just below the crossbar.

5. Jamie Vardy (West Brom v LEICESTER, March 10)

The England striker, who scored in similar fine style against Tottenham in November, went one better at The Hawthorns with a superb first-time volley on the turn following Riyad Mahrez's perfectly-weighted long pass forward.

4. Charlie Daniels (BOURNEMOUTH v Manchester City, August 26)

Cherries left-back Daniels has surely never struck a ball so sweetly, smashing a powerful shot from wide on the left which flew in via the underside of Ederson's crossbar.

3. Willian (Brighton v CHELSEA, January 20)

The Brazilian crowned some superb, intricate interplay around Brighton's box by rifling the ball home following successive back-heeled passes from Eden Hazard and Michy Batshuayi.

2. Sofiane Boufal (SOUTHAMPTON v West Brom, October 21)

With the game drifting towards a dour goalless draw, substitute Boufal collected the ball deep inside his own half and powerfully dribbled the length of the pitch, beating several Baggies defender before calmly rolling the ball past Ben Foster and into the bottom right corner.

1. Wayne Rooney (EVERTON v West Ham, November 29)

The former England captain rolled back the years to complete his first Everton hat-trick in sensational style, drilling home a first-time 60-yard strike from inside his own half - which almost struck referee Michael Oliver - after Hammers keeper Joe Hart had raced off his line to clear the initial danger.

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