Whenever a good goal is scored in the Premier League there’s a small cluster of fans claiming it should be the Goal of the Season.
There’s nothing wrong with that but most of the time the goal in question is nothing more than a ‘good goal.’ However, this weekend’s goal from Eden Hazard against Arsenal has many people talking. Goal of the season, or just a magnificent solo effort from the Belgium international?
We’ve had the pleasure of seeing a number of high quality finishes in the Premier League this season, with Dimitri Payet, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Olivier Giroud and Andy Carroll all throwing their hats in the ring for the top award come may.
Where does Eden Hazard’s rank amongst that lot, though? Better than all of them? Not good enough to even be in consideration? We’ve asked a collection of your writers to have their say on the matter.
Goal of the Season?
There have been some phenomenal goals in the Premier League this season, with Andy Carroll’s bicycle kick and the Olivier Giroud scorpion finish particularly coming to mind.
But the real difference with Hazard’s goal, in addition to the fact the standard of the finish was almost inconsequential after that sensational mazy run, was the quality of the opposition it came against.
No doubt, Arsenal aren’t the strongest team defensively, but Hazard still made a decent midfielder in Francis Coquelin and one of the best centre-backs in the Premier League, Laurent Koscielny, look like they didn’t even deserve to be on the same pitch as him.
Whilst some may criticise the Gunners duo, that’s testament to how special a player Hazard is and how special the goal truly was. Likewise, that goal will likely be remembered as the strike that won Chelsea the title.
I honestly feel like the only person in the world that thinks Eden Hazard’s goal wasn’t that good. For me, the goal comes down more to poor defending rather than individual brilliance.
Hazard showed close control and strength to fend off Francis Coquelun’s feeble attempt at dispossessing him but those are traits any Premier League player should have. Either way, I’d definitely say there has been better goals this season.
Off the top of my head, Andy Carroll, Olivier Giroud and Henrikh Mkhitaryan have all scored better goals.
It was a great goal, but there are arguments for and against it being a truly special one: Arsenal’s woeful defending being a stick to beat it with.
Alas, I loved it. It was a mixture of skill, strength and determination that pieces of individual brilliance (Andy Carroll’s scissor kick, for example) can’t quite match. Hazard is a special player and I have a feeling we’ll look back at that moment in a few months’ time as a big few seconds in the race for the title.
Goal of the Season so far? It’s better than Dimitri Payet’s, which, until Saturday, was my choice.
Payet stakes a pretty good claim, as do a couple of others, but Hazard would get my vote at the moment. The strength to hold off the ever-clumsy Coquelin and how he turned Koscielny inside-out was remarkable, but it was the importance of the goal that elevates its brilliance for me.
That goal came after a dominant Chelsea start to the second half and as good as sealed the match for the Blues. In fact, it could have sealed the title for them.
Now have your say…