This comes from back in 2002 and even though nobody remembers this goal, it’s still one of the classics of the Premier League era. It’s so classy, and the players involved made it look absurdly simple.
Younger fans won’t know how good this Leeds team where, and what a talented group of players they had – but they were a delight to watch and they scored some wonderful goals.
This effort from Bowyer is right at the top of that list. Odious little tosser though he was, he could play at this stage of his career.
It’s Bowyer who starts the move, shoveling a pass wide into Alan Smith, who in turn plays the ball into his strike partner Mark Viduka. At his worst, the Australian could look like an out-of-condition pub player, but at his best he was capable of moments like this: a deft little backheel, weighted perfectly for the on-rushing Bowyer to sweep into the top-corner from the edge of the box.
West Brom weren’t the established Premier League team in 2002 that they are now, but there aren’t many sides who could have done much to stop this – the movement is too good, Viduka’s touch is so subtle, and Bowyer’s finish couldn’t been more precise.