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Ten Years Ago Today, Johan Elmander Scored The Most Underrated Goal In Premier League History

Ten Years Ago Today, Johan Elmander Scored The Most Underrated Goal In Premier League History

In terms of goals that don't get talked about enough, Johan Elmander majestic effort against Wolves has to take the number one spot.

Elmander wasn't the most elegant of strikers; neither was he the most prolific. During a forgettable three year spell with Bolton Wanderers, the Swedish forward managed just 18 goals in 92 appearances for The Trotters before joining Galatasaray on a free transfer in 2011.

He did, however, show glimpses of brilliance under the likes of Gary Megson and Owen Coyle.

Take this breathtaking finish against Wolves, for example.

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Back in November 2010, on a cold, wet afternoon at Molineux, the 6ft 2 striker produced a remarkable piece of close-control to score the most underrated in Premier League history.

And that's not even an exaggeration.

It looked like nothing was on when Stuart Holden played a simple five yard pass to his feet but, somehow, in one swift movement, Elmander left Wolves' defensive line in tatters.

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A mixture of impeccable spatial awareness, lightning quick feet and a deadly instinct in front of goal made for a truly memorable moment on that day in November 2010.

Let's take a look at it one more time. Blink and you'll miss it.

Bolton went on to secure all three points against Wolves that day in a five thriller but it was the genius of Elmander that grabbed the headlines, although his individual brilliance has somewhat been forgotten about by many - an injustice to what remains a spectacular moment.

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Let's just take a minute to appreciate this finish, with a few unpopular opinions thrown into the mixer.

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Featured Image Credit: Premier League

Topics: Football News, Football, Goals, Bolton Wanderers, Premier League, Wolves, Take a bow, Bolton, Skills

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Jack Kenmare

Jack Kenmare is a writer at SPORTbible. He's interviewed some of the biggest names in sport, including Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Pele, Carles Puyol and Tim Henman. He dabbles in all things sport but football is his biggest passion. He was once hit in the head by a wayward strike from Nicky Butt and lived to tell the tale.