The 18-year-old won silver at the 2020 Olympic Games and was previously linked with Lyon, seven-time winners of the UEFA Women’s Champions League.
Everton have announced the signing of teenager midfielder Hanna Bennison, who has signed a long-term deal after arriving from FC Rosengard for a six-figure fee.
The 18-year-old is known as one of the best young players in the world, earlier this year named Goal’s NXGN winner in 2021, and arrive fresh at the back of England wins a silver medal with Sweden during the Summer Olympics.
She is the ninth summer signing Everton make while the Toffees want to build on the FA Cup final for women last season and enter the top three of the Women’s Super League, giving them a UEFA Women’s Champions League place from either Chelsea can take over, Manchester City or Arsenal.
What was said?
Announcing her signing, Bennison said: ‘It feels amazing to be here. I’m still young, I need to learn a lot, and I think this is the perfect environment for me to grow.
‘I like the league in England, and we have a very good manager in Willie Kirk. I talked to him, and the way I see my game is the way I see myself.
“I think Everton have something big going on. We have a very good team with very good players. I know the club wants to play in the Champions League. That is also one of my goals, and I hope I can make the team help achieve this. ”
Kirk added: ‘Hanna was very sought after and there was a lot of competition for her signature.
‘She will play a big role for us, not only this season, but also in the long run. She’s on a fantastic level, but there’s a lot more to come since she’s just 18 years old. “
How good can Bennison be?
Bennison became famous two years ago when she started 16 of Rosengard’s 22 Damallsvenskan matches, helping them win the Swedish title for the first time in four years.
Her progress in the first team came due to the strong impression she made on head coach Jonas Eidevall, who moved to Arsenal this summer, with her determination as well as her skill. He said earlier this year Purpose that Bennison “has the potential to be the best player in the world”.
With a senior international debut also achieved in 2019, there is soon a link between the teenage midfielder Lyon, the seven-time European champion. According to reports from the TelegraphThere were clubs in the United States’ NWSL that also inquired with Bennison this summer, with her decision to move to Everton to be a big boost for the club.
Apart from the fact that her current ability is already excellent, the potential of the midfielder is great. A move to a club like Everton, which is known for developing young players and is in a better position to offer playing time as a powerhouse like Lyon, will only help her.
What other transfer deals has Everton done?
Bennison is not only Everton’s ninth signing of this transfer window as they finish the top three, but she is also the third Swede to arrive at the club. Forward Anna Anvegard and defender Nathalie Bjorn also moved to Merseyside, both also from Rosengard and both with silver medals from their summer practices.
English international Toni Duggan was the main signing and returned to her youth club after leaving Atletico Madrid, while West Ham’s Kenza Dali and Juventus’ Aurora Galli further strengthened Kirk’s midfield options.
Fullback Leonie Maier and Courtney Brosnan are the other newcomers to the club, the latter coming to compete for first-choice goalkeeper Sandy MacIver, following the departure of Tinja-Riikka Korpela to Tottenham. Cecilia Ran Runarsdottir, teenager, also signed, but will only join in January due to Brexit rules, as revealed by Purpose last month.
Korpela is one of 11 players to leave, the most notable being Australian wing Hayley Raso, who signed for Manchester City earlier this month.