The spectacular strike by Ola Aina in Fulham’s 2-0 victory over West Bromwich Albion has been named November’s Premier League Goal of the Month.
On November 2, by firing in a powerful shot from outside the 18-yard box, the Super Eagles defender sealed the Cottagers’ first league win of the season in style.
It was Aina’s maiden goal after previously playing for Chelsea in the Premier League, where he won two top-flight titles.
The 24-year-old saw off competition from Eberechi Eze of Crystal Palace, Riyad Mahrez of Manchester City, Southampton duo Danny Ings and James Ward-Prowse, Solly March of Brighton and Hove Albion, Jamie Vardy of Leicester City and Raphinha of Leeds United.
The recognition of Aina makes him the first Fulham player since the triumph of Andre Schurrle in January 2019 to receive the Goal of the Month title.
𝗙𝗲𝗿𝗼𝗰𝗶𝗼𝘂𝘀 𝘀𝘁𝗿𝗶𝗸𝗲! 💥
— Premier League (@premierleague) December 11, 2020
After returning four goals and an assist in four matches, Manchester United’s Bruno Fernandes was also honored as the Player of the Month, while Jose Mourinho was named Manager of the Month for guiding Tottenham Hotspur to a run of three wins and a draw from four matches last month.
In the summer, Aina returned to England to provide Scott Parker with defensive options after Fulham won promotion to the Premier League.
When his loan from Serie A club Torino expires at the end of the season, they have the option to sign him on a permanent contract.
So far this season, for the Cottagers, who sit 17th on the league table with seven points from 11 matches, Aina has made eight Premier League appearances.
As Fulham host Liverpool for their next Premier League fixture at Craven Cottage on Sunday, he will be asked to put in a strong defensive move.
With eight losses reported, Parker’s side have only won two matches this term.