The shortlist for the 2022 EFL Goal of the Season Award has been revealed, with the accolade set to be hotly contested between six outstanding strikes.
The nominees are as follows:
- Cole Stockton – MORECAMBE v AFC Wimbledon
- Alex Mowatt – Cardiff City v WEST BROM
- Bersant Celina – IPSWICH TOWN v Crewe
- Andre Gray – Derby County v QPR
- Ben Wilmot – STOKE CITY v Preston North End
- Barry Bannan – MK Dons v SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY
Morecambe marksman Stockton’s outstanding effort against Wimbledon lobbed the keeper from around 45 yards with little more than a glance in his direction, with the strike going down as just one of a collection of impressive goals from the League’s joint leading scorer this season.
Similarly, West Bromwich Albion midfielder Mowatt also has a knack for only rippling the net with spectacular strikes, proving that theory once again when he took aim from outside the area against Cardiff, with his first-time effort all but sealing the points against the Bluebirds.
It was no surprise to see Kosovan international Celina’s strike against Crewe named the divisional Goal of the Month winner, and the Ipswich loanee has also been nominated for the Goal of the Season. The control, the footwork and the finish made the strike a worth candidate.
QPR attacker Gray sent the travelling Hoops contingent wild with his 90th-minute decider against the Rams, and what a way to snatch the win/ The striker collected the rebound after the ball collided with the post and, with his back to goal, juggled the ball out of his feet and struck from close range.
Stoke midfielder Wilmot netted his first goal for the Staffordshire side in style, with his long-range effort introducing him to the Potters faithful. And, despite the score-line, it was an evening to remember for their summer signing.
Concluding the shortlist, Owls skipper Barry Bannan, who is also up for the division’s Player of the Season, made a late play for the prize with his effort against promotion rivals MK Dons. The number 10’s strike could be crucial in the bid for a top six finish.
The EFL judging panel will vote for the winning goal, announced at Sunday’s 2022 EFL Awards. Supporters can follow the action live on the Sky Sports app from 7pm.