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Emma Hayes saw the future at the beginning of 2019. After a frustrating season, Chelsea parted ways with a few players and signed just one, the Norwegian midfielder, Guro Reiten. This took our squad strength to just 20 players but for Emma Hayes, that was pretty much all she needed for the first half of her campaign at least, and she was right.

After an exciting campaign with the team, Reiten has extended her contract until 2023. This comes as no surprise as she had an incredible debut season. Let’s see what she’s been like and what to expect from her in the coming seasons.

What is she like? 

Reiten in action last season. Credit: Mia Eriksson

Chelsea fans who weren’t too conversant with the creative midfielder had the opportunity to watch her during the 2019 World Cup. Reiten was instrumental to her country’s progress all the way to the quarter-finals. From the start she looked like an invaluable asset for the Norwegians, scoring their first goal of the competition and winning the player of the match award in that game. 

Her position for the national side, the left-hand side of the midfield, usually gives her the opportunity to enjoy and thrive in a balanced role on the pitch. She contributes both in defence and attack, and the same thing is replicated for Chelsea. She is also capable of playing in the number 10 role or up top when needed.

She had a successful debut season for The Blues as she served as master provider, with 8 assists in the league (the joint highest) and 5 goals in 15 games.

Her style of play is marked by her ability to apply a high press in a bid to recover possession and redistribute it via creating goal-scoring chances. She’s not shy to take a pop at goal every now and then herself.

Reiten with fellow player of the year nominee Bethany England. Credit: Mia Eriksson

Beyond on-the-ball tricks, she also possesses good off-the-ball movement. She can be seen usually looking for a way to place herself in suitable positions to receive the ball, score or create chances. Other times she serves as a form of distraction for the opponents, dragging them away to give the other attacking players a clearer path to goal. 

It’s no wonder that Hayes was confident enough to have just Reiten as her sole transfer in and now to keep her with us for a few more seasons. She describes the Norwegian in glowing terms: “She’s a natural left-footer with the ability to calve open a defence with a single pass. She’s got goals in her, her set-piece delivery is outstanding and her football intelligence really sets her apart.” 

Well, we have definitely seen a lot of that and would see a lot more of that thankfully.

Fellow club and country teammate, Maren Mjelde, sung her praises in a recent interview saying: “She showed she’s a quality player and has a really good left foot that she’s been using for both scoring and assisting. That gives our team different options, different qualities. We have a really good team now” 

Reiten signing her contract extension. Credit: Twitter

Overall, she’s had an incredible season in the blue jersey. She had limited time to settle in and yet she hit the ground running with her performances and contributions. The contract extension proves that Hayes appreciates her contributions. General Manager Paul Green agreed, saying “We wanted to reward Guro for an excellent debut season and we’re delighted that she has extended her contract.”

Reiten’s contract extension is the 3rd one in a really short period of time. With the new season in view, fans won’t have to wait too long to see our number 11 back in action with the team. We know enough to expect more exciting displays from her once the new FAWSL begins. 

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