Peter Crouch put himself in the driving seat for the goal of the season award as he volleyed in a spectacular effort against Manchester City on Saturday.


The England international admitted he is unlikely to score a better goal after he turned, swiveled and looped a long range volley over Joe Hart to give his side a surprise lead at the Britannia Stadium.


Crouch’s effort is unlikely to be bettered in the remaining months of the season, but the question remains; is it better than the stunning strikes that have gone before it?


GMF rounds up the best of the best goals scored this season with the sole aim of finding out - is Crouch’s goal the best of the season?


Gareth Bale, Tottenham v Norwich, December 2011


While other goals on this list will invariably revolve around spectacular hits from long range, Gareth Bale’s effort against Norwich is included for a different reason altogether; the Welshman’s blistering pace.


Emmanuel Adebayor’s wide run dragged defenders out of position with Bale driving through the heart of the pitch after latching onto a through ball from Luka Modric before delivering a sublime chipped finish.


Robin van Persie, Arsenal v Everton, December 2011


Robin van Persie has built his season on scoring important goals but his sweet strike against Everton proved to be not only sublime but crucial as Arsenal chased a much needed win.


With the game heading for a 0-0 stalemate, Van Persie peeled off his marker towards the back post to receive Alex Song’s chipped pass, before angling his volley back past Tim Howard, who could do nothing but watch as it hit the back of the net.


Edin Dzeko, Tottenham v Manchester City, August 2011


Edin Dzeko started the season on fire and it was in Machester City’s third game of the season that he hit his sweetest strike in a blue shirt to date.


Having already claimed his hat-trick against a ragged looking Spurs side the day was to get even better for the Bosnian international.


After exchanging a neat one-two with Gareth Barry, Dzeko hit the ball first time, bending it sublimely past the despairing Brad Friedel to complete the 5-1 rout.



Brian Ruiz, Fulham v Everton, October 2011


Ruiz has been an inconsistent performer for Fulham this season but when he has come to the fore, the talented forward has shown he is capable of scoring sublime goals.


Everton were on the receiving end once more as Ruiz wandered free in the Everton box, but instead of sliding a finish past the keeper Tim Howard he opted for the more difficult option of lofting his finish into the net.


Craig Gardener, Sunderland v Swansea, January 2012


Craig Gardener’s effort will surely be recognised when it comes to handing out the after-season awards.


The 25-year-old controlled a cross field pass 25 yards out from the Swansea goal with little on.


Gardener allowed it to bounce and leathered it as it came back up of the turf, with his fierce shot leaving Michel Vorm in goal grasping at thin air.

So those are our suggestions, what goals do you think should be a contender for goal of the season or does Crouch's effort stand head and shoulders above the rest? Leave your comments below.

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