Who is she?
The 18 year-old is a product of the Blues’ academy and she has been at the club since she was ten. The young England Under-19 midfielder is currently juggling her college studies with football and is grabbing the opportunity with both hands, learning off the more senior players in the squad and trying to take in as much information as she possibly can.
What has she done?
This season Fleming impressed for the Under-18s with her tenacious and energetic displays earning her a call-up to Emma Hayes’ squad. In the 2019/20 women’s campaign, the Academy captain was named in the squad three times and made two starts, which came in cup fixtures against Championship sides Lewes in November and Charlton Athletic in January. Injury temporarily halted her progress but she is now gearing up for her first campaign as a professional. On the international stage, She made the Young Lionesses squad for the Uefa European Women’s U17 championship finals in Bulgaria and is now a regular in the England U-21 squad.
What is her playing style?
Charlotte can play across the Midfield and as a Centre Attacking Midfielder. She is composed in possession, makes the right decisions and is not afraid to get stuck in against players older and more experienced than her. Her quick feet and blistering runs make her a headache for the opposition.
Her agility and movement is on point, and all of this was shown when she was upended in the box by Charlton’s captain Grace Coombs for a penalty.
What does her future look like?
Despite boasting a squad packed with top class multi-national talent, Chelsea manager Hayes is still willing to offer first team opportunities to youth. Last season saw teenage striker Emily Murphy hit the headlines for The Blues and former academy colleague Fleming will be keen to follow a similar path. She has now signed a deal that will keep her at the club until May 2021.
What she said
“It’s a bit surreal to be honest, it’s a dream for me and I’ve always aspired to be part of the women’s team.
‘It’s really exciting for me as a young player coming into this new world. I have got the most amazing support network around me from Chelsea to family and friends and it’s going to be an exciting year for me to see where my journey goes.”
What Emma said
‘Charlotte has come through our Academy and we are all proud of the steps she has made to earn her first contract. She’s a fantastic person from a good family with a bright future ahead of her. We are all excited to see her career develop.’