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Remembering every Premier League goal of the season from the last decade

Premier League fans have witnessed some truly incredible goals throughout the years and the 2019/20 campaign proved no different, a series of stunning strikes lighting up what proved to be an unforgettable season of action.

Tottenham’s Son-Heung Min’s sensational solo effort was recently named as the finest in English football this season, the South Korean joining an illustrious list of names to have won the Premier League’s Goal of the Season accolade.

We’ve decided to revisit a collection of glorious goals from recent Premier League seasons, here is every Goal of the Season winner from the past decade:

Wayne Rooney – MANCHESTER UNITED v Manchester City (2010/11)

Wayne Rooney was no stranger to stunning strikes during a career that saw the former England captain become just the second player to reach 200 Premier League goals, though this effort must surely rank amongst the forward’s very best.

Manchester United had long been the dominant force in English football but the start of the decade saw the Red Devils under renewed threat from an emerging force, the ‘noisy neighbours’ of Manchester City beginning to close the gap to their fierce local rivals.

City had threatened to derail United’s title bid as David Silva opened the scoring at Old Trafford, before Nani’s equaliser left the clash finely poised. The Portuguese winger then provided the cross for a moment of inspiration from Rooney, the forward producing a sensational overhead kick to acrobatically seal three points for United in a moment that will live long in the memory of the red half of Manchester.

Papiss Cisse – Chelsea v NEWCASTLE (2011/12)

Few winter window signings have ever made an impact quite like Papiss Cisse at Newcastle, the Senegalese striker enjoying a prolific run of form after arriving at St James’ Park from SC Freiburg.

Cisse inherited the club’s fabled number nine shirt and instantly endeared himself to the Magpies’ crowd, scoring 13 goals in just 14 appearances after arriving from the Bundesliga in January.

Amongst his haul included braces against West Brom, Liverpool and Swansea, in addition to another match-winning double to seal a 2-0 victory over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. Cisse’s second strike of the evening in west London secured the forward the Premier League’s Goal of the Season accolade, an audacious effort that left Petr Cech bewildered.

Some distance out on the left-hand side of Chelsea’s penalty area, Cisse met Shola Ameobi’s chested pass with a frankly ridiculous outside of the foot half-volley, an audacious effort that swerved and dipped into the far corner.

Robin van Persie – MANCHESTER UNITED v Aston Villa (2012/13)

Sir Alex Ferguson responded to Manchester City’s first Premier League title by making a statement of intent in the transfer market, securing the signing of Arsenal captain – and reigning Player of the Year – Robin van Persie during the summer of 2012.

The Netherlands international had won the Premier League’s Golden Boot the previous season and was viewed as the marquee name needed to wrestle back the ascendancy from their city rivals, a summer signing which delivered in emphatic fashion as Van Persie inspired the club’s title charge.

Van Persie scored 26 goals to win a second successive Golden Boot and it was fittingly the forward who sealed their title triumph, scoring a devastating hat-trick against Aston Villa including this Goal of the Season effort.

Wayne Rooney’s pinpoint long pass deserved its own plaudits, but Van Persie’s volley – hitting the sweetest of strikes as the ball dropped over his shoulder – ensured it was an attacking move that remains impossible to forget.

Ferguson described the goal as the ‘Goal of the Century’ afterwards, an incredible display of flawless technique from one of the Premier League’s finest footballers.

Jack Wilshere – ARSENAL v Norwich (2013/14)

Moments of breathtaking individual inspiration often grab the headlines but there is arguably no finer sight than a free-flowing team move, with Arsenal a side famed for their precise passages of passing play.

The Gunners long-held principles came into full effect during a clash against Norwich City in 2013/14, Jack Wilshere capping a wonderful one-touch move that showcased Arsene Wenger’s side at their very best.

Wilshere begins the move deep inside his own half before Arsenal break down the left-flank, Santi Cazorla picking up possession and driving inside towards the Norwich defence.

The Spaniard exchanged passes with the rampaging Wilshere before finding Olivier Giroud, the Frenchman combining brilliantly with Wilshere – continuing his surge forward from midfield – as the two carve open the Norwich defence with pinpoint one-touch passing.

Jack Wilshere – ARSENAL v West Brom (2014/15)

Jack Wilshere became the first player in history to win successive Goal of the Season accolades the following campaign, hitting this thunderous effort in a 4-1 victory over West Bromwich Albion at the Emirates.

Wilshere’s strike came on the final day of the Premier League season to claim the honour, rifling a left-footed half-volley into the top corner from just outside the penalty area.

The strike was just the midfielder’s second of an injury-hit campaign for the England international, as he joined Dennis Bergkamp and Wayne Rooney as multiple winners of the Premier League’s Goal of the Season award.

Dele Alli – Crystal Palace v TOTTENHAM (2015/16)

Dele Alli proved a breath of fresh air to the Premier League after signing for Tottenham from MK Dons, with the midfielder being named as the PFA Young Player of the Year in each of his first two seasons at the highest level.

His debut season with the north London side also saw the youngster pick up the Premier League’s Goal of the Season accolade, scoring a goal against Crystal Palace that demonstrated the midfielder’s touch, technique and supreme self-confidence.

Alli cushions Christian Eriksen’s header with one touch, before flicking the ball over his head – evading the challenge of Palace midfielder Mile Jedinak in the process – and volleying the ball into the bottom corner.

It’s a stunning piece of skill and individual brilliance, a reminder of the star’s qualities despite his recent downturn in fortunes.

Emre Can – Watford v LIVERPOOL (2016/17)

Emre Can was hardly a prolific scorer during his four-season spell at Liverpool, but the German tended to produce spectacular efforts whenever he got himself on the scoresheet.

Never more so than this stupendous scissor-kick effort against Watford during the 2016/17 campaign, Can demonstrating an athletic agility that defied his muscular frame.

Lucas Leiva’s clipped ball into the penalty area seemed hopeful at best as Liverpool chased an opener to keep alive their hopes of a top four finish, only for Can to execute an outrageous overhead effort that ripped past Heurelho Gomes and into the top corner.

The strike sealed a vital 1-0 win at Vicarage Road, Jurgen Klopp’s side finishing just a point ahead of fifth-placed Arsenal to seal a return to the Champions League.

Jamie Vardy – West Brom v LEICESTER (2017/18)

Jamie Vardy’s rise is amongst the most respected and well-documented stories of recent Premier League years, the former non-league star becoming one of English football’s finest forwards and winning a host of individual accolade alongside Leicester‘s title success four years ago.

Vardy’s FWA Footballer of the Year and Golden Boot accolades also sit proudly alongside his Goal of the Season victory from the 2017/18 campaign, the Foxes forward making the most difficult of tasks seem almost routine, volleying home Riyad Mahrez’s long pass with his weaker left foot as the ball falls over his shoulder.

Vincent Kompany – MANCHESTER CITY v Leicester (2018/19)

Cometh the hour, cometh the man.

Each of the goals on this list have delighted with their spectacular nature, but none have been so beautifully wrapped in both beauty and importance as Vincent Kompany’s match-winner against Leicester in 2019.

Manchester City were embroiled in the tightest of title races with Liverpool, neither side faltering as they charged towards the finish line in flawless fashion. The penultimate game of the season saw City face Leicester at the Etihad, and the Foxes threatened to derail their title ambitions as the game headed towards a goalless draw.

Pep Guardiola’s side were in desperate need of inspiration and it fell to their captain to deliver a moment to saviour, ignoring ‘don’t shoot’ pleas from his teammates before arrowing a thunderous strike into the top corner to set City on their way to a second successive title.

Son Heung-Min – TOTTENHAM v Burnley (2019/20)

Last season’s winner and a goal the definition of individual inspiration, Son Heung-Min’s lung-busting run from inside his own half voted as the Premier League’s Goal of the Season for 2019/20.

The South Korean international picks the ball up on the edge of this own penalty area before charging towards the Burnley half, covering 70 meters in just 12 seconds and evading a succession of Clarets’ challenges before slotting past goalkeeper Nick Pope.

Son’s breathtaking burst was rightfully named as the best goal of the Premier League season, as well as winning the coveted Puskas award and sits firmly amongst the greatest solo stunners in the division’s history.

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