There are lots of ways to score goals. Individually, they can be scored from distance outside the box, by a dribbling run through the defence, or by a spectacular overhead kick. They can be scored directly from penalties, free kicks or corners. They can be scored by any team member; defender, midfielder or forward. And they can even be scored by the keeper. They can be own-goals or lucky goals which the scorer knows little about as it goes in off his backside. Team goals can be scored by breaking at speed from defence, or from a slick passing move that plays a runner through the middle and onto goal.
At Tottenham, this season, we have seen most of them, although I can’t remember the last time I saw a goal scored directly from a corner which is the rarest goal of all. As this season comes to the end it seems to be a good time to consider which goals are contenders for ‘goal of the season’. It’s a difficult question to answer because there have been so many wonderful goals for us to celebrate since last August.
For me, the goal of the season would have to be the first of Dele’s brace in the home game against Chelsea a short time back. Everything about it had to be perfect for the ball to end up in the net. The timing of Dele’s run and the timing of Dier’s long ball over the top had to be precise in order for Dele and the ball to converge at the same point. Dier’s pass was awesome enough in itself and cannot be overstated, but Dele still had so much to do when the ball found him. With defenders hot on his heels, he had to pull the ball out of the air, keep it under his control, and flick it quickly past the advancing keeper. He did it all, instinctively, and with apparent ease. It was a truly superb goal.
That’s my GOTS so far. What’s yours?