The Premier League has treated fans to some astonishing goals in recent weeks and months, with Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Olivier Giroud and Andy Carroll all bagging Goal of the Season contenders.
While fans cried foul over Carroll’s acrobatic effort winning the Premier League Goal of the Month award for January over Giroud’s sublime scorpion kick, the argument over whose goal was best is now set to be put into some serious shade.
Over the weekend during a Serie B game between Perugia and Ternana, Francesco Nicastro, popped up to score the only goal of the game in the 75th minute.
The 25-year-old striker, who is on loan from Serie A side Pescara, received a cross from out wide and did this.
This winning goal from the Serie B today. Wow…? pic.twitter.com/epYAKBijwE
— Premier League (@EPLBible) February 12, 2017
In what can only be called a back-heel spinning volley, Nicastro has surely scored the Goal of the Season. Somebody call FIFA now and tell them they can hold the Puskás awards early.
Like Carroll, Mkhitaryan and even Giroud’s own spectacular efforts, there is a degree of good fortune involved in Nicastro’s stunner. Had any of these goals missed the back of the net fans would have viewed the efforts with scorn rather than applause.
Such is football’s fickle fine line.
Gary Brennan, Pundit Arena