Cole Palmer shares first thing he did when named Premier League Young Player of the Year

Cole Palmer has been reflecting on his record breaking season for Chelsea following his move from Manchester City last summer.

Palmer exceeded his and everyone’s expectations in his debut campaign at Stamford Bridge as he scored 22 Premier League goals and provided 11 assists, finishing runner up to Erling Haaland in the Golden Boot and second to Ollie Watkins in the assist charts.

The 22-year-old established himself as a key player under then manager Mauricio Pochettino and quickly became Chelsea’s go to man, often winning games for the team single handedly.

Palmer reflects on record breaking season

It’s easy to forget this was Palmer’s first season of playing regular Premier League football having been on the periphery at City.

Palmer became the youngest player in Premier League history to finish with the most goal contributions in a season, and his form saw him named Premier League Young Player of the Year, whilst he also cleaned up at Chelsea’s end of season awards amongst many other accolades.

The England international admitted he had no targets heading into the season, and that he just wanted to play having not featured much under Pep Guardiola.

Palmer’s season went better than he could have imagined.

“I didn’t really have targets, but I had something in my head that if I did play then I would like 10 goals and 10 assists,” he told Chelsea’s website.

“That was after I started playing because I just wanted to play.”

Palmer admitted he was honoured to win such a prestigious award given so many great players had previously won it.

“It was an amazing feeling to win such a prestigious award,” Palmer added.

“Many great young players have won it, so to win it myself was such a really good feeling.

“I rang my mum and dad straight away, they were buzzing.

“Obviously, from last season it was a big decision to come here, not just for me, but for my family as well and thankfully it has paid off.

“My friends have come down from Manchester for most games, I think they’ve only missed a couple this season, so a big shoutout to them as well because they have helped me a lot off the pitch.”

Palmer is currently part of England’s provisional 33 man squad for the Euros, and is surely a certainty to make the final 26, with the forward hoping to take his domestic success onto the international stage.

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