Chelsea player named Young Player of the Year

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Chelsea forward Cole Palmer has been named Young Player of the Year at the 2024 London Football award.

The 21-year-old has stunned this season since making the move to Chelsea from Manchester City, for a fee of £40m.

Palmer is the Blues’ top scorer with 12 goals in 31 appearances so far this season.

On Thursday, Palmer was named Men’s Young Player of the Year at the 2024 London Football Awards.

Asked if Pochettino has made him a better player, Palmer said “yeah”, adding: “He’s given me the freedom to play my stuff and I like it when he frees you because I feel I can express my stuff more.

“I’m loving it. Every day he’s talking to you about different things, not just football things but life things as well. He’s good at making you feel good and trying to get the best out of you.”

Palmer also hailed Pep Guardiola, and admitted he learnt a lot at Manchester City.

“What I learnt at City, I wouldn’t be able to learn anywhere else with the manager and the players that were there, one of the best in the world,” said Palmer.

“Then I felt I was ready to play and I thought I might as well just go for it [joining Chelsea]. I just felt like I was ready to play football week in, week out.”

Chelsea were also, recognised for their ongoing achievements in the WSL with England star Lauren James named as Women’s Player of the Year.

Arsenal midfielder Declan Rice was named Player of the Year.