Palace loanee Hiram Boateng has been impressing Plymouth fans since moving to Home Park on loan at the start of this season, and yesterday afternoon, he endeared himself to them further by scoring a huge winning goal.
Still only 19, Hiram stands at over six-foot tall and has proven to be a hugely imposing presence in the heart of the Pilgrims’ midfield since making the switch in July. Whilst yesterday’s wining strike was his first goal in dark green, there have been plenty of Plymouth fans suggesting that he is a cut above the general standard of League Two.
Happy in possession at all times, Boateng has often been spoken about as a potential Palace first-team star of years to come, but as we all know, there is little to no substitute for the experience you gain from playing regular competitive league football in the divisions below the pressure-cooker atmosphere of the Premier League.
As a direct consequence of Hiram’s winning goal, Plymouth sit top of the table after 11 games of the season, two points clear of their nearest challengers Wycombe on 23 points. Currently, the terms of the loan deal will keep the midfielder on the South Coast until the start of 2016, but you would imagine that manager Derek Adams will be absolutely desperate to keep Boateng at Home Park for the entirety of the campaign, such has been his impact on their general play.
The goal itself is a well taken close-range finish that shows an impressive degree of poise from a youngster, particularly given the circumstances within which he tucked it away. As you can see from his celebration, it was a moment that meant a great deal to him.
We all love to see an academy product doing well and with footage of Hiram’s late winner attached above, you can enjoy the moment with him over your Sunday morning bacon sandwich. I’m sure it will bring a smile to your face.