Peterborough United hot-shot Britt Assombalonga has been shortlisted for the best Football League goal scored in 2013.
Assombalonga’s stunning first goal in a September victory at Bristol City - a fiercely-struck, left-footed shot from 20 yards - features in a 10-strong list of contenders.
Posh’s £1.5 million record signing faces competition efforts scored by former Posh trialist Paddy McCourt of Barnsley, Jay Emmanuel-Thomas (Bristol City), Dale Stephens (Charlton), Shane Lowry (Millwall), James Constable (Oxford), Josh Brownhill (Preston), Troy Deeney (Watford), James Poole (Hartlepool) and Franck Moussa (Coventry).
Voting is under way at skysports.com/goal-of-the-year/
The top five will be announced on Saturday football show Soccer AM on Sunday, 2 March and the winner will be revealed at the Football League Awards ceremony on 16 March.
Assombalonga said: “It is the first time I’ve been nominated for anything like this and hopefully plenty of people will vote for me.
“The goal at Bristol City is defenitely the best one I have scored.
“Danny Swanson gave me a pass in the perfect area and I knew I could just hit it.”
That certainly isn’t the only high-class strike to feature among Assombalonga’s collection of 23 goals to date in his debut Posh season.
“I’ve scored a few decent ones,” he added. “My second that day at Bristol City wasn’t bad either.
“The one on my debut against Swindon on the opening day of the season was a good strike.
“There was another one at home against Oldham and the first goal in my hat-trick against Tranmere in the FA Cup sticks in my mind as well, but I’m delighted with every goal I score.
“They are all important for the team and that is what matters.
“I’m still not setting myself any targets, but I’m confident I can get to 30 now.
“I’m just really pleased with the way things have gone and to get more goals in League One than I managed in League Two last season.”
Assombalonga scored 16 times when spending last season on loan at Southend.
Britt Assombalonga certainly isn’t alone when it comes to spectacular Posh goals in 2013.
We have recalled a few other top-notch strikes:
- Danny Swanson (vs Reading, Capital One Cup) - The Scotsman weaved his way through a series of challenges during a 60-yard surge before delivering a cool, curling finish.
- Lee Tomlin (vs Crystal Palace, Championship) - The massive pain of relegation was the feeling on the final day of last season, but Posh scored two quality goals when losing their Championship status. The first, from Tomlin, was magnificent as he breezed past a series of challenges before burying a ferocious finish.
- Davide Petrucci (vs Leicester, Championship) - The on-loan Manchester United man volleyed in a stunning leveller from 20 yards to set Posh on the way to a memorable win.
- Lee Tomlin (vs Reading, Capital One Cup) - A sensational 25-yard half-volley after controlling a cross-field pass from Britt Assombalonga on his chest.
- Jack Payne (vs Reading, Capital One Cup) - Payne scored his first goal for Posh with a low 25-yarder to complete a 6-0 thumping of the Royals.
- Kgosi Ntlhe (vs Bradford, League One) - A stunning strike from fully 35 yards after a corner had been cleared into his path.
- Lee Tomlin (vs Watford, Championship) - Watford’s former Arsenal goalkeeper Manuel Almunia could do nothing about a peach of a free-kick by Tomlin (pictured right) in an April home win.
- Nathaniel Mendez-Laing (vs Shrewsbury, League One) - The wideman made an immediate impact after being sent on as a substitute, collecting a pass from skipper Tommy Rowe, cutting inside from the left flank and guiding a 20-yard shot into the far corner of the net.
- Grant McCann (vs Sheff Wed, Championship) - A glorious televised free-kick strike secured victory on the penultimate weekend of last season.
- Lee Tomlin (vs Millwall, Championship) - A glorious finish to a fabulous move which set Posh on their way to a biggest-ever away success at Championship level as they won 5-1 at the New Den.