Considering the tendency of this award to go to “screamers” and “bangers” and “wonderstrikes” and all the other synonyms you can think of for footballs struck very hard and traveling into the backs of nets at great rates of speed — bonus points if its into the roof of the net and extra bonus points if it slams in off the underside of the crossbar or the inside of the post — Tammy Abraham’s goal has very little chance of winning the award of Premier League Goal of the Month for November.
Not that Tammy’s finish isn’t lovely, because it very much is, but because the most stellar quality of this goal is actually in the pass, the positively Cesc Fabregas-esque first-time ball over the top from Jorginho that cut out the entire defensive line from the equation. The fact that Abraham and Jorginho had planned the move in advance and executed it to perfection just adds to its magnificence. Of course, “training ground moves” only get recognition if they involve a set piece.
There is one of those among the 8 nominees as well, plus a couple free kicks and a few long-range bombs, including what are probably the two favorites, Fabinho against Manchester City, which is actually pretty impressive in how hard and how straight it was hit, and a Kevin De Bruyne special. KDB has been hitting balls hard since he first arrived on the scene, but this one does have that aforementioned extra crossbar hit, which is oh-so-satisfying.
Anyway, vote for Tammy here.