Pajtim Kasami Joins Top 5 Premier League Goals so Far This Season
Fulham ran riot in their Monday night Premier League victory over Crystal Palace after coming from behind, a win kicked off in style by a goal-of-the-season contender from attacking midfielder Patjim Kasami.
Though the Premier League 2013-14 season is only two months old, we've already been treated to a whole host of quality goals from the league's top talent, of which Kasami's effort will now be considered one of the best.
Here are the five top goals from this season so far—and here's to many more yet to come!
5. Daniel Sturridge, for Liverpool Away to Aston Villa
Given that he's the Premier League's top goalscorer so far, it's probably no surprise that Sturridge features in the list somewhere.
His goals have ranged from close-range tap-ins to long-range strikes and everything in between, and his goal at Villa Park was arguably the best of the lot.
Taking the ball in his stride after a dummy from Philippe Coutinho, Sturridge left three defenders in his wake and even rounded the goalkeeper before finishing high into the net from a narrow angle, a really top-quality individual goal.
The Liverpool striker has netted seven times from eight games so far.
4. Leighton Baines, for Everton Away to West Ham United
A group of players have decided to show their prowess at scoring from free-kicks this season, with Wayne Rooney, Yaya Toure and Jermaine Pennant amongst them.
The reigning king of dead balls, however, remains Everton's Leighton Baines, who put two past West Ham at Upton Park earlier this season.
His first was a good curling effort with his left foot, beating Jussi Jaaskelainen to his right side, but the second was an inch-perfect effort, right into the top corner on the opposite side of the goal.
Those set pieces are the left-back's only goals for this season so far.
3. Sergio Aguero, for Manchester City at Home to Manchester United
Sometimes the occasion marks the quality of a goal just as much as the technique or brilliance of the goal itself and sometimes all three come together.
That was the case in the recent Manchester derby as City ran out rampant 4-1 winners, where it was all started by an excellent all-round goal scored by Sergio Aguero.
Less than a quarter of an hour in, Samir Nasri showed great footwork and awareness down the left and Aguero produced a stunning sideways volley to hook the cross into the net even as the ball moved behind his body weight.
A great goal to mark a big occasion.
2. Pajtim Kasami, for Fulham Away to Crystal Palace
And so to the most recent addition to this top five, with Kasami's spectacular and wonderful hit against Palace, pulling Fulham level before they went on to win 4-1.
The Swiss youngster ran, unmarked, from the halfway line to just outside the Palace penalty area, controlled a lofted pass on his chest—and then, first time, fired in an audacious lob over goalkeeper Julian Speroni and into the far top corner of the net.
It was evocative of a goal from Fernando Torres some years ago and is certainly one which will live long in the memory of this Premier League campaign.
1. Jack Wilshere, for Arsenal at Home to Norwich City
The best goal of the Premier League season so far, and quite probably by the time the end of the season rolls around, is Jack Wilshere's finish from this past weekend against Norwich City—with a huge helping hand from team-mates Santi Cazorla and Olivier Giroud.
A fantastic, flowing, one-touch move where the defence couldn't cope with movement of either players or the ball, much less do anything about Wilshere's cool-as-you-like finish with his right foot.
At the time Giroud makes the final flicked-through pass, there are no fewer than six defenders and the goalkeeper in the penalty area, with another two defensive players stationed just outside the area—and none could do anything about the goal at all.
Feast your eyes on that, again and again...and again.