After winning the WSL, Conti Cup and the Community Shield last season, Emma Hayes has made it evident that she will not settle for that. With their eyes set on winning the Champions League, they have invested greatly in the transfer market this summer with their most eye-catching purchases coming from the attacking players. Today, I will be discussing how Emma Hayes can line up her attack this season and how the diversity of these players can help.
Chelsea women are known for playing a 4-4-2 formation, their most successful player last season was Bethany England who scored 14 and assisted 4 goals, she tends to score most of her goals against crucial opponents and her most memorable performance was scoring a brace in the final of the continental cup against Arsenal, ultimately leading her team to a 2-1 victory. Although the 26-year-old is deemed un-droppable by fans, she had to get an appendix surgery this summer which might delay her being 100% fit. During the winter transfer window, Chelsea invested in one of the most exciting strikers in the world. Sam Kerr is an Australian international who won the golden boot three consecutive times in the NWSL. After a brilliant performance against West Ham in their 9-0 win, she is starting to settle into the English League.
Their midfield has the most depth in the league. The summer transfer window of 2019, they bought Norwegian international – Guro Reiten from LSK Kvinner. A signing which was shown to be crucial in winning trophies. She joins the likes of Sophie Ingle, who is the main pivot player of the team and Ji So-Yun who is a master at set pieces and always gives above par performances. Erin Cuthbert is one of the most remembered names in women’s football, at only 22. Fran Kirby joins the side as she recovers from a heart condition that sidelined her for 16 months, she is already hitting the ground running based on her performances.
Four new signings this summer were made, each one being better than the other. Melanie Leupolz joins the blue side on a free transfer after leaving Bayern Munich, where she served as captain. The second signing was Niamh Charles who joined on a free from relegated side – Liverpool. Although, she is dominantly a winger, the 21-year-old is very diverse that she can also play at right wing back when called upon.
Jessie Fleming is a 22-year-old Canadian who put pen to paper after leaving UCLA on a football scholarship, she is considered one of the best young players in the world. The final signing was Pernille Harder who is widely regarded as the best player in the world. She left Wolfburg for Chelsea at a world record fee around 300,000 pounds. She plays best in midfield as a second striker but can also play up front. She has already shown signs of promise in her two substitute appearances.