Fulham’s Patjim Kasami registered another early contender for goal of the season, with an outrageous volley in his side’s Premier League clash with Crystal Palace. Fulham were trailing 1-0 at Selhurst Park thanks to Adrian Mariappa’s early headed goal for the hosts before Kasami’s dramatic intervention.
In the 19th minute, Kasami made an intelligent run onto a long pass forward and controlled superbly as he received it at the top corner of the area before unleashing an instant, outstanding volley past Palace goalkeeper Julian Speroni into the top corner of the net. It was a strike that brought back memories of Dutch legend Marco van Basten’s famous strike in the final of Euro ’88.
The goal was Kasami’s second of the season and came at a welcome time for his manager, Martin Jol. With Fulham struggling at the wrong end of the Premier League table, there have been calls from some fans for the Dutchman to be fired.
Kasami joined Fulham from Palermo in 2011, but has taken time to make his mark at Craven Cottage. He spent the second half of last season on loan at Swiss side Luzern. The 21-year-old has shown his ability this season, however, and made his debut for Switzerland last week.