The forward rejoins the club she left as a young girl and is reunited with her brother, Reece, who plays for Thomas Tuchel
Chelsea have announced the signing of Manchester United midfielder Lauren James for Purpose understand that this is a record fee between Super League women.
James struggled with injuries in Manchester last season, but position at number 4 in the NXGN list of Goal 2020 the 19-year-old remains one of the most exciting young talent in world football and has signed a four-year contract.
What was said?
James talked about her return to the club after playing for Chelsea’s Academy from under 10 to under 14 level: ‘It’s a great feeling to be back home, to a good club, the club I started at the age of six. .
‘To be able to play for the first team now and come back here to Emma [Hayes, Chelsea manager] and the rest of the group is feeling good. I’m excited to get started and can’t wait to meet all the fans at Kingsmeadow as the new season begins. ‘
Hayes added: ‘Lauren is an exciting, young talent that we have been admiring for a while.
‘When we had the opportunity to sign her, we thought it was the right time to bring her back to the club. We are excited to see how she develops in the coming years, and look forward to welcoming her to the pre-season training. “
What will James bring to Chelsea?
A dynamic, powerful forward, James’ close control, fantastic dribbling ability and power on the ball make her a nightmare for defenders. She can hit the ball with both feet and is lethal in the box as well as outside the ball, that is her ability from the outside.
The teenager did not have a full WSL season on hand, and injuries limited her in both 2019-20 and 2020-21. while the previous season was also shortened due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
However, with eight goals in just 14 games starting so far in the leading tournament, it is clear that she will be a force when she can play a real game together.
However, more than ever, James will have to compete for that starting point, which could take even more out of her. Hayes’ Chelsea lie in the attacking division, with like Ker Ker, Pernille Harder and Fran Kirby among the manager’s options.
What next for Manchester United?
The sale of James will be another tough pill to swallow for United fans, who have also seen head coach Casey Stoney left at the end of last season. She has since been announced as the head coach of San Diego, the new NWSL expansion team.
The American women’s team duo Christian Press and Tobin Heath also left at the end of the season, while defender Amy Turner, a star in 2020-21, has joined the Orlando Pride. Jess Sigsworth and Abbie McManus also both join newly promoted Leicester City, the group is quite exhausted.
Although a new manager has not yet been announced, United have made two remarks this week – Vilde Boe Risa, a highly regarded Norwegian midfielder from Sandviken, and Hannah Blundell, a three-time English international defender who was part of Chelsea’s doubles – winning season, arriving at the club.