Set pieces are a vital part of football. From cheeky dinked efforts, to creative crosses, whipping the ball in effectively when given the chance can sometimes be the difference between winning and losing in the Premier League.
Although assists are useful, the type of effort we all like to see is a long-distance thunderbolt that leaves goalkeepers stranded and the crowd in shock. And there are few better at his in Europe right now at this than Bayer Leverkusen’s Hakan Calhanoglu. The Turkish ace has earned a reputation as the Bundesliga’s most deadly dead-ball man, with any position within the opposition’s half seemingly shooting range.
The free-kick we’ve focused on is from last season in the 21-year-old’s Hamburg days, in which he smashed the ball from near the halfway line into the back of the net. Wow!
Maybe Arsene Wenger has been watching him, as reports now suggest that the Gunners are ready to move for him this summer amid claims that he’s stalling on a new contract at the BayArena. Valued at £19.9m he may be a snip, with the video below showing that he offers more than just an explosive right foot!