Ladies and gentlemen, we have a new Premier League goal of the season contender.
Brighton forward Julio Enciso – the teenage sensation who only seems to score screamers – equalised for Roberto De Zerbi’s side on Wednesday night in their league clash against newly-crowned champions Manchester City.
The 19-year-old Paraguayan, who has made a real impression during his debut season in English football, let rip from 25 yards to beat a helpless Stefan Ortega.
Enciso has now scored against Chelsea, Arsenal and the Premier League champions this year – and they’ve all been compilation-worthy strikes.
He might have just saved the best for last, here.
Stop that Enciso. pic.twitter.com/N5KneBPZue
— Stop That Football (@stopthatfooty) May 24, 2023
OH MY WORD! 🤯
Julio Enciso with a rocket into the top corner to level the game! 🚀 pic.twitter.com/EGx7oWWFPZ
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) May 24, 2023
Phil Foden opened the scoring for City in the 25th minute after Erling Haaland showed great composure to round Brighton goalkeeper Jason Steele.
But it was the magic right boot of Julio Enciso, who was shortlisted for April’s Premier League Goal of the Month, that grabbed the headlines.
One fan commented on the goal, saying: “Julio Enciso heard about that Manchester City interest and showed Pep Guardiola what he’s made of,” while another wrote: “Watch right to the end… Is that a Man City fan applauding an unbelievable goal?”
A third said: “Julio Enciso already looks like Brighton’s next superstar. Four PL goals; three of which against Chelsea (stunner), Arsenal & Man City (stunner). Was playing in the Paraguayan Primera División last season. Facundo Buonanotte not bad either. What more can be said. Just remarkable.”
A fourth added: “That was one hell of a finish from Julio Enciso. Definitely one of the contender for goal of the season.”
Julio Enciso’s first half by numbers vs. Man City:
4/5 ground duels won
2/3 dribbles completed
2 times fouled
Rocket. 🚀 pic.twitter.com/hWzTLjW9vg
— Statman Dave (@StatmanDave) May 24, 2023
After picking up the Player of the Match award for his performance against Manchester United earlier this month, an emotional Enciso opened up about his move to the Premier League.
“The head coach, my teammates and the fans have faith in me and that helps me a lot. In every game I improve and I’m aware that I need to keep working hard so I that I carry on getting better in every game,” he said.
“It makes me so emotional [to be awarded the Player of the Match award] because as a young boy I dreamed about playing in the Premier League. Receiving my first award makes me emotional and it’s for my family and friends in Paraguay.”