Watch: Former Northampton defender scores stunning goal against Ajax
Sometimes life can provide career opportunities that nobody would have predicted. Just ask George Cox. The 22-year-old former Brighton defender must have thought his chances of playing elite football had ended after undergoing heart surgery in 2018.
But Cox has rebuilt his career, first with a loan switch to League Two Northampton Town followed by another loan spell with Eredivisie side Fortuna Sittard.
Having made a permanent switch to Holland this summer, for a princely sum of just €50,000, the left-back put in an impressive performance against the mighty Ajax – albeit in a 5-2 defeat.
Cox opened the scoring by finishing off a neat team move with a drilled finish, but he saved his best until last.
Running onto a loose ball outside the area, Cox unleashed an unstoppable left-footed piledriver that flew past Andre Onana.
What a hit!🚀 pic.twitter.com/jgMqhRKD9l
— Match of the Day (@BBCMOTD) November 2, 2020
Yes, those two goals were sandwiched by five from Ajax, rendering Cox’s efforts academic.
But we applaud those players brave enough to test their ability in a foreign land, swap Northampton for the Netherlands, and end up scoring outrageous goals against Ajax.
Indeed, for one moment, we could have mistaken George Cox for Roberto Carlos.