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Castrol 2021/22 Game Changer of the Season contenders

24 May 2022

Who had the single most game-changing performance by an individual during 2021/22?

Six players were nominated for the Castrol Game Changer of the Season award.

New to 2021/22, the award is given to the individual with the single most game-changing performance over the course of the campaign.

You, the fans, had until 15:00 BST on Friday 27 May to vote via the Castrol website for your favourite from the shortlist below.

See: Gundogan wins Castrol Game Changer award

Paul Pogba (MUN) v Leeds

On the opening weekend of the season, Pogba produced four assists in a 5-1 win over Leeds United. In so doing the Man Utd midfielder became only the seventh player in Premier League history to set up that many goals in a single match.

Aaron Ramsdale (ARS) v Leicester

The Arsenal goalkeeper was in inspired form to help his side to a 2-0 win against Leicester City. He made eight saves, his most in a single match throughout the season, with one of them being perhaps one of the greatest stops ever seen in the Premier League to keep out a James Maddison free-kick.

Steven Bergwijn (TOT) v Leicester

After coming off the bench in the 79th minute with Tottenham Hotspur trailing 2-1, Bergwijn inspired an incredible late turnaround with goals in the fifth and seventh minutes of stoppage time. It was the latest a team had ever been losing a Premier League match before going on to win. 

Cristiano Ronaldo (MUN) v Spurs

Ronaldo was the star of the show, scoring a sublime hat-trick to give Man Utd a 3-2 win at Old Trafford. One of his goals was a long-range stunner on a day when he recorded his 807th career goal, the most by any player in history.

Kevin De Bruyne (MCI) v Wolves

The Man City star produced a virtuoso performance, netting four goals in a 5-1 win. His hat-trick after 24 minutes was the third-earliest treble scored from the start of a Premier League match.

Ilkay Gundogan (MCI) v Aston Villa

With Man City 2-0 down to Aston Villa and seemingly waving their title dreams goodbye, Gundogan came off the bench to make an extraordinary impact. He scored twice in six minutes to inspire a 3-2 turnaround win, helping his team to retain the title and lift a sixth Premier League Trophy. 

Also in this series

Part 2: Castrol Save of the Season shortlist
Part 3: Budweiser Goal of the Season shortlist

2021/22 awards winners

Foden named Hublot Young Player of the Season
De Bruyne voted EA SPORTS Player of the Season
Klopp named Barclays Manager of the Season

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