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Cole Palmer celebrates scoring for Chelsea against Manchester United
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Chelsea star Cole Palmer has won the Premier League's 2023/24 Castrol Game Changer of the Season award, a prize given to the individual with the single most game-changing performance over the course of the campaign.

The 21-year-old topped a six-man shortlist that included Liverpool striker Darwin Nunez, Aston Villa frontman Ollie Watkins, Manchester United midfielder Scott McTominay and Manchester City pair Kevin De Bruyne and Stefan Ortega.

He received the most votes from the public, as well as a panel of football experts, for his hat-trick against Man United in the sensational 4-3 win back in April. Having scored a penalty in the first half to give the Blues a 2-0 lead, he suddenly found himself and his teammates 3-2 down with just two minutes left in stoppage time of the second half.

Noni Madueke's mazy run past Diogo Dalot saw him get brought down and winning a penalty late on, one Palmer had to wait a long time for while United players surrounded referee Jarred Gillett. Eventually though, it was dispatched calmly to Andre Onana's left to make it 3-3.

Just a minute later, the Blues found themselves with a brilliant opportunity for a winner from a corner, but the ball was played short to Palmer, who was free on the edge of the area. His shot was deflected off McTominay and past Onana to complete a staggering comeback - the latest in Premier League history with Chelsea having been behind with 99 minutes and 17 seconds played and then ahead at 100 minutes and 41 seconds played.

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Palmer has become the third player to win the prize after Reiss Nelson last season, and Ilkay Gundogan in 2021/22, and has now scooped up his eighth individual award of the season after having already secured the London Football Awards Men's Young Player of the Year, Chelsea's Player of the Season and Player's Player of the Season awards, the Premier League Player of the Month: April 2024, the Premier League Goal of the Month: April 2024, the Premier League Young Player of the Season and PFA Fans' Player of the Year.

The star's 25 goals and 15 assists for the Blues across all competitions this season marked him down as one of the Premier League's best young talents in what has been a breakout season for him since his £40m move from Man City at the start of the campaign.