A common complaint I have about this Goal of the Month award, or any Goal of the Given Period award, is that it tends to favor long-range strikes. A bit like the old adage about home runs in baseball, people dig the long bombs.
And so, once again, we have a number of strikes nominated for the Premier League’s Goal of the Month award for September be long range efforts. Not that they aren’t great, but they get boring after a while. We already achieved peak long-range goal with Michael Essien against Arsenal, after all.
Of course, maybe I shouldn’t complain, since Romelu Lukaku’s rocket of a shot from the top of the box against Aston Villa is certainly a strike worthy of recognition. The only thing preventing that from exiting Earth’s gravitational field was the top corner of the Aston Villa net.
September treated us to some incredible goals— Premier League (@premierleague) September 30, 2021
Which of these phenomenal strikes is your @budfootball Goal of the Month? ✨#PLAwards ➡️ https://t.co/tYzq5HWYJ1 pic.twitter.com/C2jULnYfJS
But what’s this, a plot twist? It’s the other Lukaku goal against Villa, his first ever at Stamford Bridge that’s been nominated. That’s the one where he collected a long through ball from Mateo Kovacic and absolutely eradicated his former team-mate, poor Axel Tuanzebe with a cutback, before finishing between the goalkeeper’s legs. Wahey!
Meanwhile, the long bomb quota is fulfilled by Bruno Fernandes, Andros Townsend, and Naby Keita. We also have a Jesse Lingard goal that is perhaps more notable for the build-up (Pogba pass and Martial dummy), Aubameyang finishing off a counter, plus Matty Cash’s goal, which was a lovely strike after a nice run, and Jesse Lingard’s other goal, which is a mirrored version of Cash’s strike.
You can vote here for Lukaku.
Here are the nominees for the September @PremierLeague Goal Of The Month. Tell us your favourite and why... pic.twitter.com/UtU5W9looo— Budweiser Football (@budfootball) September 30, 2021