Ola Aina is only 19-years-old but he’s already got something in comparison with football icons David Beckham, Wayne Rooney and Xabi Alonso.
The Chelsea youngster joins the trio in scoring spectacular goals from the halfway line.
Aina scored the thunderbolt - which he will do well to surpass as his best career goal - for Chelsea’s U21s side in their Premier League International Cup quarter-final tie against Tottenham.
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The Blues won 5-2 but the game will always be remembered for Aina’s long-range effort.
Leading 2-0, the defender let fly from inches inside Chelsea’s half and watched as the ball swerved towards goal before landing over the helpless hand of Spurs’ goalkeeper Tom Glover.
It was a goal that would have brought back harrowing memories of Charlie Adam’s 65-yard smash at Stamford Bridge last season.
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On an aesthetic value, Aina’s outlandish effort trumps Adam’s. He judged the distance to perfection, while Adam benefited from Thibaut Courtois standing 12 yards from his goal-line when the Stoke midfielder released a shot.
The strike is immense, too. The right-back, who has played for England’s youth teams, hits the ball so crisply and the swerve helps fool Glover.
Aina later called the goal “lucky” - and he’s right to an extent - but that doesn’t detract from just how good a goal it is.
With Branislav Ivanovic enduring a difficult season for the first-team, Aina’s goal will have many fans wondering why the youngster isn’t considered to replace the Serbian.
Chelsea emerged victorious thanks to a dominant performance in which they were 2-0 up inside 10 minutes.
Striker Tammy Abraham didn’t do his chances of breaking into the first team any harm by scoring twice.
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