Perhaps one of the most exciting rumours of the WSL summer transfer season was that of striker Lauren James’ move from Manchester United to rival club Chelsea. The deal has finally been sealed as James dons the blue shirt for the first time since she was thirteen years old.
James has been a huge asset in the revival of United’s women’s side. She helped them secure promotion to the Women’s Super League in 2019.
At 18, she scored their first ever WSL goal against Liverpool. She made a huge impact last season when the Reds came close to qualifying for the Champions League.
James scored 28 goals in her 56 appearances for the club. Her departure will no doubt weigh heavily on the northern side.
However, it was with Chelsea where her youth career began. She played there from the age of six to 13, before being snapped up by Arsenal.
James has developed into a highly technical player. She is known for her ability to dodge defenders and create stunning goals.
Chelsea manager Emma Hayes said it felt like the “right time” to bring James back to her old club. The 19-year-old’s role with the club is still unclear as the Blues already have everal talented forwards all competing for minutes.
Chelsea show no signs of slowing down as they continue to chase their first European title. Signing a player like James will ensure that both the field and bench are stacked with energy and skill, which allows for rotation and lethal late substitutions.
The transfer will no doubt be a promising one for James’ long term development, with Chelsea’s notable investment and facilities. This big move also sees a family reunion, as James’ brother Reece welcomes her back to the club where he has also played since childhood.