Tottenham Hotspur star Dele Alli shortlisted for UEFA Goal of the Season award
The 25-year-old only scored three times in the 2020/21 campaign. However one of them was the outrageous improvised overhead effort against Wolfsberger in the Europa League. The strike has now made the 10-goal shortlist for the award.
It is in some ways redemption for a player who was arguably treated unfairly by Jose Mourinho. While he did not really set the field alight when given opportunities, the strike against Wolfsberger showcased just what Alli is capable of on his day.
Both Paul Pogba and Patrick Schick are also in contention thanks to impressive strikes at the European Championship this summer. The Manchester United ace curled in a stunner against the Swiss while Schick’s long-range strike against Scotland at Hampden Park was drool-worthy.
Others in contention include Porto’s Mehdi Taremi, Rangers’ Kemar Roofe, Lorenzo Insigne, Sarah Zadrazil of Bayern Women, Ferrao and Paulinho. No Spurs player has won the award before. Son Heung-Min however won the inaugural award in 2014/15 while he was still at Bayer Leverkusen.
Son is also the reigning winner of the Puskas award for 2020. The South Korean won it for his incredible striker against Burnley in 2019/20. Hopefully, Alli too will get an award for his wonder goal.
While the strike eventually did not lead us to the trophy, it did add some sheen to what was a disappointing season for the player. With a new manager and a fresh beginning on the cards, a rightly timed award could be just the tonic he needs to rediscover his best.
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The winner of the award is decided by voting. The deadline is 9 am next Thursday and so far it could be anyone’s game. Spurs fans could certainly vote for Alli here. After all, we too have to do our part to help those who take to the field in our honour.