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Premier League Awards: Hat-trick heroes, outrageous assists

Our weekly Premier League awards honour the best – and worst – of the football action from the midweek schedule.

Moment of the Week

Chelsea might not be where they want to be in the table but the Blues have been brilliant value for the neutrals this season. Epic encounters with Spurs and Manchester City have been among the games of the season and another Premier League classic was added to the Chelsea collection on Thursday evening.

On a night of unadulterated Premier League drama, Chelsea and Manchester United went head-to-head in a gripping game at Stamford Bridge. The flaws and inconsistencies of each team made the recipe for a feast of football, as Chelsea rode a rollercoaster of emotions in West London.

Having blown a 2-0 lead to trail heading into stoppage time, Cole Palmer scored a late, late double – completing his hat-trick – to seal a 4-3 win for the Blues. It was astonishing viewing, with Palmer again at the centre of Chelsea’s best moments this season.

Where would they be without him?

Player of the Week

That man, again.

Cole Palmer has been a revelation in a Chelsea shirt this season and celebrated his finest night to date on Thursday evening. The 21-year-old scored his first Premier League hat-trick to seal a dramatic 4-3 win for the Blues against Manchester United – the team he grew up supporting.

As ever, he was everywhere for Chelsea, while he now has more league goal involvements than any other u-23 player in Europe, ahead of a certain Erling Haaland, Phil Foden and Bukayo Saka.

Pack your passport, Cole. You’re going to the Euros.

We can’t complete this feature without mentioning Phil Foden, however, who must surely thought this accolade was wrapped up heading into the final fixture of the midweek action.

Foden ensured Manchester City upped the ante on title rivals Arsenal and Liverpool with a wonderful individual performance against Aston Villa.

The 23-year-old recorded his second Premier League hat-trick of the season as the Citizens cruised to a 4-1 win at the Etihad, the latest purring performance from a player in red-hot form this season.

Foden’s free-kick restored City’s lead after Jhon Duran had cancelled out Rodri’s opener before the latter turned provider for Foden’s second with some intricate footwork on the edge of the box.

The best was saved for last, as Foden fired a stunning strike into the top corner (more on that to come later). It’s now 21 goals in all competitions for Foden this season, who in this mood is one of the most watchable talents anywhere in Europe.

Goal of the Week

A Liverpool midfielder arriving onto a loose ball to thunder in a match-winning goal?

Those in the Kop End might have been rubbing their eyes thinking this was the second coming of Steven Gerrard, as Alexis Mac Allister added another stunning strike to his collection.

You don’t save those.

Phil Foden earns the runners-up accolade as he sealed his hat-trick with a thumping third at the Etihad. Frustrated at not winning a foul, he bounced up, regained possession, and drove an unstoppable strike into the top corner.

A special goal, from a special talent.

Assist of the Week

Some silky contenders for this prize, so why not celebrate them all?

Top spot has to go to Antony, after this outrageous assist for Alejandro Garnacho at Chelsea. The Brazilian might be criticised for being almost comically one-footed, but when his left peg can do this, who cares?

Nottingham Forest midfielder Morgan Gibbs-White also earns our applause after a fabulous outside-of-the-boot ball of his own, into Callum Hudson-Odoi against Fulham.

And finally, an honourable mention for Rodri, who set up a second for Phil Foden during Manchester City’s win over Aston Villa in elastic fashion. More than just a midfield anchor.

Save of the Week

Jordan Pickford handled the heckles of the Newcastle crowd to produce a string of saves and earn Everton a point at St James’ Park.

The best of the lot came as he sprawled to stop Harvey Barnes when a goal seemed certain. England’s number one goalkeeper, for a reason.

Stat of the Week

Gareth Southgate really does have an embarrassment of riches at his disposal this summer.

And Cole Palmer has since made it FIVE.

Donkey of the Week

A bad moment for Sheffield United goalkeeper Ivo Grbic, who gift-wrapped the lead for Liverpool at Anfield.

The Blades battled well against the league leaders but gave themselves a mountain to climb after this awful error.

Darwin Nunez has scored 18 goals in all competitions this season, none have been easier.

Read – Ranking the five best left-wingers in the world right now

See more – Five classic games between Chelsea and Manchester United

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