‘Dynamic, powerful, fantastic dribbler of the ball’ attacker announces delight after making Chelsea move!

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Lauren James has announced her delight after making a move back to Chelsea this summer window

The teenager hasn’t got a full WSL season under her belt, with injuries limiting her in both 2019-20 and 2020-21, while the former season was also curtailed because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

However, with eight goals in just 14 starts in the top flight so far, it’s clear that when she can get a real run of games together, she will be a force and that is why Chelsea opted to make a transfer move

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The deal to take her to Chelsea is believed to be worth an initial £200,000, rising to £300,000 with add-ons, making it the biggest ever transfer between two clubs in the league.

Speaking about her return to the club, having played for Chelsea’s Academy from Under-10 to Under-14 level, James said: “It’s a great feeling to come back home, to a great 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 a good feeling. I’m excited to get started and I can’t wait to meet all the fans at Kingsmeadow when the new season kicks in.”

Hayes added: “Lauren is an exciting, young talent who we have admired for a while.

“When the opportunity came up to sign her, we felt now was the right time to bring her back to the club. We’re excited to see how she develops in the coming years and look forward to welcoming her to pre-season training.”


A dynamic, powerful forward, James’ close control, fantastic dribbling ability and strength on the ball make her a nightmare for defenders and she is a player that will add a bit more excitement to the attack

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