Dele Alli’s sublime strike for Tottenham last weekend sent Alasdair Mackenzie scurrying to the archives for more of the finest first-time net-busters...
1. David Bentley
Arsenal 4-4 Tottenham, October 29 2008
While Bentley never quite lived up to ‘the new David Beckham’ tag, this strike was a reminder of why those comparisons were made in the first place. The former Gunners man was teed up by Tom Huddlestone’s header and unleashed a dipping stunner from 40 yards to open the floodgates in a thrilling north London derby in Harry Redknapp’s first game in charge. Should Manuel Almunia have done better, though?
2. Paolo Di Canio
West Ham 2-1 Wimbledon, March 26 2000
Arguably one of the greatest Premier League goals ever, never mind volleys. The enigmatic Italian showed incredible skill and athleticism to meet Trevor Sinclair’s cross in mid-air, guiding a right-footed volley across goal and beyond Neil Sullivan with perfect precision and power. Bellissimo!
3. Peter Crouch
Stoke 1-1 Manchester City, March 24 2012
Crouch's mind might often drift to this one as he continues to warm the bench at Stoke. The man known more for aerial prowess than technical ability was the architect of some spontaneous brilliance here: after Asmir Begovic launches a goal-kick upfield, Crouch plays a one-two of headers (of course) with Jermaine Pennant, then takes a touch before unleashing an unstoppable dipping, angled lob from distance.
4. Wayne Rooney
Manchester United 2-1 Newcastle, April 24 2005
A fresh-faced Rooney displayed two of his hallmark traits in quick succession for this one – a fiery temperament and superb technical ability. The striker was booked for a late challenge on James Milner as his frustration reached boiling point, but a moment later responded by leathering Peter Ramage’s headed clearance into the top corner with unstoppable power and accuracy.
5. Pajtim Kasami
Crystal Palace 1-4 Fulham, October 21 2013
Kasami burst onto the scene with this goal-of-the-season contender that drew immediate comparisons with Marco van Basten’s famous strike for the Netherlands at Euro 88. Running in full flight, the Swiss midfielder took Sascha Riether’s floated pass on his chest and then swept a staggering volley into the opposite corner while facing away from goal. It proved to be one of only three he scored for Fulham, but will live long in the memory.