2017 has been a strange year for Crystal Palace one way and another. Whether you point towards managerial upheaval, a pair of relegation battles or our dreadful start to the 2017-18 campaign, the one thing we have had to brighten the mood is a selection of wonderful goals.
⚽ Here are 🔟 of our best goals from 2⃣0⃣1⃣7⃣.
— Crystal Palace F.C. (@CPFC) January 1, 2018
Thanks to the arrival of Roy Hodgson in the Selhurst Park dugout, everyone associated with the club can now hold serious hope of us retaining our place in the Premier League for a record sixth consecutive year by May and despite some dreadful moments across the last calendar year, we’ve had all manner of isolated high points to indulge in too.
Whether you look towards Andros Townsend’s lung-bursting pitch-long sprint and finish against West Brom, Benteke’s dinked winner against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge or Yohan Cabaye’s wonderful sweeping effort from the edge of the penalty box to give us a 2-0 advantage over Arsenal at the end of last season, we’ve certainly been treated to a bevy of jaw-dropping strikes from lads.
One thing that does stand out throughout the above collection of Palace goals, is the regularity with which Wilfried Zaha is involved. Once derided by pundits across the land for a perceived “lack of end product”, the 25-year-old has lit up 2017 with a selection of impressive goals and assists.
His horizontal volley against Swansea, epically crafted low strike against Chelsea and swashbuckling finish away at Leicester all stand out for different reasons but he’s also gladly turned provider for others along the way, with Benteke’s Chelsea goal and Townsend’s leveller against Arsenal a few days ago sticking out in my mind.
Whilst nothing can be taken for granted in football, all the signs point towards a potentially more stable year for us both on and off the field, ideally with a variety of high-quality goals hitting the back of the net along the way.
Following Crystal Palace FC may be incredibly stressful but it is never, ever boring.