I couldn’t think of a common term for the criteria applied to this category. I’ve already featured a Top 5 based on first touch, but these are different. These are strikes that the goal scorer has made possible with an instinctive first touch to create the space, followed by an explosive shot. You’ll see what I mean from these five examples.
5. Gregorsz Rasiak, Watford (v Charlton)
It was a toss up between this and Adebayor’s strike for Arsenal against Spurs. I prefer Rasiak’s. It’s not often a Watford player scores a goal like this, yet you’d have thought it was an every day occurance given the dispassionate tone of the narrator.
4. Matt Le Tissier, Southampton (v Wimbledon)
This is a proper Le Tiss goal. Doesn’t move; tees it up with one touch, smashes it into the top corner with his second. It looks so easy, like he could have done it chatting to his mate on the phone, whilst smoking a fag. Legend.
3. Thierry Henry, Arsenal (v Manchester United)
Sorry, United fans, but it would appear that United have been on the receiving end of some reasonably good goals… (see Number 1 in this category).
2. Didier Drogba, Chelsea (v Everton)
Drogba is a scary. I’m amazed the ball didn’t explode on impact with his foot when he hit this.
1. Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, Chelsea (v Man United)
I watched this match live on TV, and when Hasselbaink did this, my United supporting flatmate reacted thus: “he fuckin’ shinned it.”
I beg to differ.