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English Premier League: Top 15 Goals of the 2018/19 Season

The English Premier League never ceases to amaze us with the sheer quantity of the goals that are scored across the 38 match period. Just this past season, which saw Liverpool and Manchester City fight toe-to-toe for the league title, a grand total of 1072 goals were scored! However, that surplus in the quantity of goals did not compromise on their quality, with some truly breath-taking goals hitting the back of the net.

Whether you’re a fan of an intricate 40 yard passing move that ends with a soft side foot into the net, a 35 yard screamer that goes in off the goalpost, a player dribbling the ball past half the opposition and finishing off with a dazzling touch, we have you covered with a plethora of strikes, covering every realm of goal-scoring techniques imaginable.

Here are SportsMonk’s top 15 goals of the season:

#15 – John Michael-Seri, for Fulham against Burnley

Scored inside the first 5 minutes, Seri showed his class by displaying the perfect first touch to clear the defender and create a yard to shoot, and then unleashed a perfectly placed shot into the top corner

#14 – Riyad Mahrez, for Manchester City against Burnley

Manchester City’s record signing, Mahrez proved himself worthy of his fee with a silk-like touch to make himself a little room to shoot, and curled one into the former City goalkeeper Joe Hart’s far corner, as he watched helplessly.

#13 – Mohamed Salah, for Liverpool against Chelsea

In their last ‘big 6’ game of the season, Salah unleashed a long-range missile on the Chelsea goal, a mere 2 minutes after Sadio Mane had drawn first blood. The Egyptian’s strike ensured all 3 points to the Merseyside club

#12 – Daniel Sturridge, for Liverpool against Chelsea

Coming off the bench against his former side, Sturridge found a second to himself on the ball, and looked to strike one in hope of an equaliser. The quality of his shot was so immense, that Kepa couldn’t stop the ball going into his near post

#11 – Son Heung-Min, for Tottenham Hotspur against Chelsea

Tottenham in recent years have brought their A game to face Chelsea, and Son’s goal summed it up. Running onto the ball from the halfway line, he beat Jorginho skilfully and bamboozled David Luiz before finishing in a composed manner, past Kepa’s outstretched boot

#10 – Gylfi Sigurdsson, for Everton against Leicester City

Sigurdsson channelled his inner Cristiano Ronaldo in this move, which displayed his perfect touch on the turn, a perfect touch to set up his shot, and a perfect shot that flew like a rocket into the net.

#9 – Ilkay Gundogan, for Manchester City against Manchester United

Manchester City had the game all but sealed late on in the derby, and were simply keeping the ball skilfully. But they showed their efficiency and pace in attack, when an untracked Gundogan received the final of 44 passes, before finishing calmly past a helpless David De Gea to cap an historic goal.

#8 – Fabian Schar, for Newcastle United against Burnley

A defender by nature, Schar found himself in free space outside the box, with ample space to manoeuvre the ball. Instead, he chose to punish the Burnley side for sitting-off him, and dispatched the most powerful of shots which no goalkeeper in the world had a hope of saving. A little fortune helped, as the shot went in off the woodwork.

#7 – Roberto Firmino, for Liverpool against Arsenal

Firmino got the ball near the halfway line, and decided to weave his way through the army of onrushing tacklers. He dextrously beat all defenders, sending most to the floor, and finished coolly past Leno en route to a hattrick

#6 – Kyle Walker, for Manchester City against Newcastle United

Benitez’s Newcastle side displayed the grittiest of defences in their trip to the Etihad stadium, and it took a Kyle Walker thunderbolt to smash open the defensive lock. A shot struck so purely, the ball glided inches off the ground as it made its way over 30 yards in the matter of a second into the bottom corner of the net.

#5 – Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang, for Arsenal against Leicester City

Emery-Ball was in full flow for this goal, as Arsenal played out from their goalkeeper to the left side, to the right, to the centre, to in behind the defence, to back across the face of goal, and tapped into the inviting net. A goal reminiscent of Jack Wilshere’s against Norwich City.

#4 – Eden Hazard, for Chelsea against West Ham United

In an outstanding individual display, Hazard deftly navigated past 5 West Ham challengers, through the heart of their midfield and defence, with the ball struck to his foot, before toe-poking the ball past Fabianski, leaving the entire stadium shell-shocked at the brilliance they had just witnessed

#3 – Vincent Kompany, for Manchester City against Leicester City

A goal that caps the top 3 owing to the monumental significance it had on the title race. Vincent Kompany found a little too much space ahead of him, and went through with the shot at the 2nd time of contemplating. The ball followed inch perfect trajectory off his boot to swerve into the top corner and hand Manchester City a decisive advantage in the title race.

#2 – Andros Townsend, for Crystal Palace against Manchester City

Pouncing on a weak Bernardo Silva clearing header, Andros Townsend went for the hail-mary, striking the purest of volleys from over 35 yards out, straight past a helpless Ederson, right into the top corner of the net, to power the Eagles towards being the only side to beat City at the Etihad in the league all season.

#1 – Aaron Ramsey, for Arsenal against Fulham

Starting from their own defensive third, Arsenal counter-attacked at pace down the right flank with one and two touch passes. Ramsey then switched the play to the left side, and Aubameyang had to give a chase before he put in a low cross, but beyond the Welshman. Ramsey showed his presence of mind to gently flick the ball with his left leg, and it perfectly trickled into the corner of the net to yield the best goal of the Premier League season.

With goals of sheer class across the length and breadth of the Premier League season, condensing over a thousand goals into a top 15 list was extremely challenging. At the end of 1072 goals, Sadio Mane, Mo Salah and Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang all shared the golden boot, with 22 goals apiece, to call curtains on an iconic Premier League season, which set new highs for quality and competition. One hopes that the next Premier League season, for which fixtures will be released by June 13th, will bring the same levels of excitement and adrenaline that the one that just passed provided.

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