This week I set myself the unenviable task of choosing the top 20 Premier League goals of all time. Have your say in the comments section below, and keep an eye out for the top 10.
20. Gary Cahill v Birmingham
After the ball was crossed into the box and following a goal-mouth scramble, the ball broke to Cahill, who had never scored a professional goal before. Cahill proceeded to leap into the air and sweep the ball into the goal with an overhead kick.
19. Didier Drogba v Everton
With Chelsea and Everton locked in a draw and less than five minutes on the clock, Drogba controlled an upfield punt with his chest before turning and unleashing a vicious volley from 40 yards which looped into the net.
18. Peter Crouch v Manchester City
What seemed like a typical Stoke attack turned into last season’s goal of the season. After a long kick forward and a couple of headers, Crouch took the ball down on his chest before hammering an audacious volley which arched high over Joe Hart and into the top corner.
17. Wayne Rooney v Newcastle
It was Rooney’s first season in the red of Manchester United, and this goal made him look every bit of the £25m player the Red Devils had signed from Everton. A volley of the highest quality, both powerfully struck and controlled.
16. Steven Gerrard v Middlesborough
A typical long-range pile-driver from Gerrard. He controlled the ball before taking another touch forward as he limbered up; the result was a sumptuous strike into the top corner.
15. Thierry Henry v Manchester United
The ball was played into Henry, who had his back to goal and a United defender in close proximity. The France international then flicked the ball up and volleyed the ball up and over the stranded keeper Fabien Barthez.
14. Alan Shearer v Everton
Another volley: the ball looped over to Shearer, who only had one thought in his mind as the ball dropped. In a goal that epitomised his direct style of play he launched an unstoppable and venomous volley into the top corner.
13. Cameron Jerome v Southampton
Southampton were leading at the Britannia in stoppage-time, only for Jerome to hammer a half-volley straight into the top corner of the net, to keep Stoke’s unbeaten home record intact.
12. Didier Drogba v Bolton
A team goal of pure class by Chelsea: Anelka crossed the ball to Deco, who chested the ball to Frank Lampard on the edge of the box. Lampard then backheeled the ball over a defender for Drogba to calmly slot home first time.
11. Gus Poyet v Sunderland
Two of the Premier League’s greatest imports combined for Chelsea in this technically opulent goal. Gianfranco Zola scooped the ball over Sunderland’s defence, perfectly into Poyet’s path, before the Uruguayan emphatically scissor-kicked the ball home.
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