An old clip emerges of a wondergoal from a fair few years ago which has been dubbed the ‘most underrated Premier League goal ever’.
Football fans been reminded of Johan Elmander’s strike for Bolton Wanderers against Wolves, and the league’s official Twitter account rates it too, dubbing it one of the most underrated Premier League goals of all time judging by their recent tweet.
The Swedish forward wasn’t exactly a huge success in the top-flight during his three-season spell with the Trotters, netting 19 goals in 92 appearances in the Premier League under Gary Megson and Owen Coyle before joining Galatasaray on a free transfer in 2011..
However, he will always be fondly remembered for one of the division’s least talked about goals from November 2010 – with the player described to have produced a sumptuous piece of close-control and ended it with a cracking finish, as can be seen in the video below.
After receiving the ball with his back to goal just inside the box, Elmander used some neat footwork to completely turn the two home defenders inside out.
With just Wolves stopper Marcus Hahnemann to beat, the 6ft 2in Swede opened up his body and passed his effort beyond the American and just inside the far post.
— Premier League (@premierleague) June 27, 2022
Elmander’s wondergoal didn’t win the 2010-11 Premier League Goal of the Season award, that missed out to Wayne Rooney’s bicycle kick for Manchester United against Manchester City.
Bolton seemingly feel frustrated that the goal doesn’t get enough credit, tweeting: “Unpopular opinion: If Dennis Bergkamp had scored this, the whole world would know about it. Discuss…🤔”
Elmander started his career with Holmalunds IF in the late 1990s, he went on to play professionally in the Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark, France, England, and Turkey before retiring at Örgryte IS in 2017. A full international between 2002 and 2015, he scored 20 goals in 85 games for the Sweden national team, and represented his country at the 2006 FIFA World Cup, UEFA Euro 2008 and UEFA Euro 2012.
In 2011, his goal for Bolton Wanderers, away to Wolverhampton Wanderers during the 2010–11 season, was voted the greatest Premier League goal ever in a poll by The Guardian.
1997–1998 – Holmalunds IF – 23 games (5 goals)
1999–2000 – Örgryte IS – 39 games (4 goals)
2000–2004 – Feyenoord – 39 games (3 goals)
2002–2003 → Djurgårdens IF (loan) – 19 games (12 goals)
2003–2004 → NAC Breda (loan) – 31games (7 goals)
2004–2006 – Brøndby IF – 58 games (22 goals)
2006–2008 – Toulouse – 64 games (22 goals)
2008–2011 – Bolton Wanderers – 92 games (18 goals)
2011–2014 – Galatasaray – 52 games (16 goals)
2013–2014 → Norwich City (loan) – 28 games (1 goal)
2014–2016 – Brøndby IF – 48 games (6 goals)
2017 – Örgryte IS – 23 games (4 goals)
Total – 490 games (116 goals)
1997–1998 – Sweden U16 – 27 games (3 goals)
1999 – Sweden U18 – 7 games (1 goal)
2000–2004 – Sweden U21 – 30 games (12 goals)
2002–2015 – Sweden – 85 games (20 goals)
UEFA Cup: 2001–02
Svenska Cupen: 2002
Danish Superliga: 2004–05
Danish Cup: 2004–05
Süper Lig: 2011–12, 2012–13
Turkish Super Cup: 2012
Ligue 1 Team of the Year: 2006–07
UNFP Player of the Month (February 2007)
Premier League Player of the Month: November 2010
Fans reacted as the clip emerges of a wondergoal dubbed the ‘most underrated Premier League goal ever’…
@Yasuke1886: Elmander was a good touch away from been Berbatov
@HowardGillard: Best goal I’ve ever seen live @Ross_Paps @alipbwfc
@TomW1196: Straight up facts, one of the most under rated goals ever. If it was anyone who had a big reputation one of the best goals ever but because it’s Bolton and no one has really heard of elmander much it gets taken away from him, football for you I suppose 🤦🏼♂️
@rfsoccer66: Spare a thought for the defender, he ended up in the hot dog queue
@PaddyNoWheels: Don’t worry – @BBCRMsport will make sure it gets mentioned every week until the end of time…
@RJLR03: Was outrageous then. Still outrageous now.
@KieMoran98: One of my favourite ever goals
@L__1919: Proper finish 👌🏻
@HasanMirza25: One of the best goals in prem history
@scooby_afc: Blast from the past. What a goal.
@WWFCjamess: Ngl one of the best goals the streets have ever seen
@davidoddy: Could watch that all day 😍
@DillonGascoigne: Unpopular Opinion: This goal is better than Dennis Bergkamp’s fluke against Newcastle.
@kinley_rob: I think about this goal maybe once a week. Not even a Bolton fan