Patrick Bamford and Raphinha the Leeds United goal of the season winners chosen by YEP writers
Leeds United scored some beautiful goals en route to a top-10 Premier League finish, putting together a fine inter-club Goal of the Season competition.
The club’s award went to Stuart Dallas for his winner at Manchester City, a moment that truly defined Leeds’ season in the top flight.
The Northern Irishman’s run and finish capped a quick move that started with goalkeeper Illan Meslier and in the blink of an eye Marcelo Bielsa’s 10 men were winning 2-1 at the Etihad against the champions elect.
Our writers have plumped for two others, however, in the YEP’s Goal of the Season competition.
Patrick Bamford (Leicester City 1 Leeds United 3)
Everything about this goal was so good. Leeds United put in a great performance from start to finish, against a team who had thrashed them at
Elland Road, proving a point in the process.
They had to come from behind, Stuart Dallas making it 1-1 after Harvey Barnes’ opener. The second goal was a thing of beauty.
Pascal Struijk was on the front foot and pressed high up the pitch to recover the ball and pass it first time to Raphinha, who also took a single, brilliant touch to put Patrick Bamford in on goal.
The striker let the ball run on into the box and that meant the angle was against him, but still he found the far top corner with a shot Peter Lorimer would have been proud of.
He didn’t pick his spot, it was pure instinct and venom that beat ex-Leeds goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel.
Barely five seconds elapsed from Struijk’s touch to the net bulging. It was the kind of clever, quick, one-touch football Marcelo Bielsa has made second nature to his Leeds players and a world class strike was the icing on the cake. What a goal.
Raphinha (West Brom 0 Leeds United 5)
It all started with Jamie Shackleton inside the Leeds United half.
The Thorp Arch academy product won the ball back thanks to a strong challenge and the Whites began to knock it around at the Hawthorns, Sam Allardyce’s West Bromwich Albion were blissfully unaware of what was about to unfold.
It took 26 seconds from Shackleton’s tackle for Raphinha’s curling strike to thud against the back of Sam Johnstone’s net and echo around the stadium in emphatic fashion.
Stuart Dallas to Raphinha. Back to Dallas. Shackleton’s return to the striding Dallas was then a moment to savour, taking three Baggies players out of the game with a single cushioned touch.
Raphinha’s subsequent cut inside and strike left jaws hitting the floor on a night where the Whites were at their scintillating best.
It was a goal built in the mind of Marcelo Bielsa and brought to life in the West Midlands with a sprinkling of Brazilian, Northern Irish and Kippax flair.
Johnstone flung himself to his right but it was the dive of a man who knew he was beaten from the moment it left Raphinha’s boot.
United’s head coach celebrated with a double fist pump and a loud roar. A goal befitting a stunning campaign at Elland Road.