Name: Matt Ritchie
Goal: BOURNEMOUTH vs Sunderland – September 19, 2015
With newly promoted AFC Bournemouth all but safe from the drop this term having amounted 38 points with only seven games remaining, winger Matt Ritchie has been a crucial first-team player in the Cherries’ bid to extend their spell in the English top-flight for a second successive season.
The 26-year-old Scotland international has chipped in with three vital goals and provided six assists to significantly help Eddie Howe’s side seemingly preserve their Premier League status, with Ritchie’s very first strike of the campaign being a firm contender, and winner in our eyes, for their Goal of the Season award, so far.
Against struggling Sunderland at the Vitality Stadium back in September; Bournemouth’s ninth minute corner looked to come to nothing as it was headed clear at the near post. But, what Ritchie had install in the next few seconds stunned the entire ground.
After the ball dropped kindly around 25 yards out from goal; the former Portsmouth and Swindon Town star expertly chested the ball to set up his own blistering left footed volley which spun away from Black Cats goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon and straight into the top left-hand corner.
That magnificent strike ensured Bournemouth sealed all three points and their first home league win of the 2015-16 season.