Palmer sets Premier League record with earliest EVER perfect hat-trick

16 Apr 2024
Chelsea v Everton

Chelsea star makes history after scoring with left foot, right foot and head inside 29 minutes

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Cole Palmer's brilliant performance in Monday's 6-0 win over Everton not only took him level with Erling Haaland in the race for the Castrol Golden Boot, it also gave him a Premier League record.

Palmer scored his first goal with a brilliant left-footed finish in the 13th minute, then headed in at close range in the 18th minute, before sending a right-footed lob over Jordan Pickford in the 29th minute.

His "perfect hat-trick" - which was followed by a second-half penalty - was the earliest ever in a Premier League match.

It beat a record that had stood for over 29 years, after Tommy Johnson scored with his left foot, right foot and head in the opening 38 minutes for Aston Villa against Wimbledon in February 1995.

Earliest 'perfect hat-tricks' in Premier League
Date Player Club Opp. Time of third goal
15/04/24 Cole Palmer CHE EVE 29min
11/02/95 Tommy Johnson AVL WIM 38min
31/08/22 Erling Haaland MCI NFO 38min
04/10/20 Ollie Watkins AVL LIV 39min
16/01/99 Robbie Fowler LIV SOU 47min

Overall, Palmer's hat-trick was only the sixth-earliest in Premier League history.

Indeed, the record-holder Sadio Mane scored his hat-trick for Southampton against Aston Villa in 2014/15 in almost HALF the time.

Earliest hat-tricks in Premier League
Date Player Club Opp. Time of 3rd goal
16/05/15 Sadio Mane SOU AVL 16min
25/02/01 Dwight Yorke MUN ARS 22min
11/05/22 Kevin De Bruyne MCI WOL 24min
07/05/03 Jermaine Pennant ARS SOU 26min
22/02/97 Ian Marshall LEI DER 27min
15/04/24 Cole Palmer CHE EVE 29min

There were just 16 minutes and four seconds between Palmer's first and third goals against Everton. But he was nowhere near the record for the quickest ever hat-trick.

In fact, there have been 34 trebles scored in a shorter period of time.

Again, Mane holds the record here for his hat-trick against Villa in 2014/15.

His goals came in the 13th, 14th and 16th minutes, with a total gap of two minutes and 56 seconds.

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