Chelsea Women have announced their third signing of the summer. After securing Kadeisha Buchanan & Eve Perisset early in the window, the club has now announced the signing of Katerina Svitkova from West Ham United Women.
Top clubs all around Europe have been strengthening in this window, although manager Emma Hayes will be most worried about Manchester City and their acquisitions, but the Blues have not been left behind.
Katerina Svitkova Becomes Third Chelsea Women Signing of this Summer Transfer Window
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About Katerina Svitkova
The 26-year-old Czech international has spent the last two seasons in the Women’s Super League with West Ham who picked her up from Slavia Prague. At Slavia Prague the attacking midfielder racked up accolades, scoring 188 goals in 177 appearances for the club, finishing as the Czech First Division’s top scorer twice, this output helped her win Czech footballer of the year four times in five years.
Svitkova brings a wealth of high-level experience to the club and crucially has already spent time in the WSL meaning there will be no growing pains at her new club.
A Spot Available
This signing is a very smart one from Chelsea as they needed midfield reinforcements following the departure of club icon Ji So-Yun and Melanie Leupolz’s pregnancy. There is a spot available for the Czech international as the playmaker in a two-woman midfield or by pushing further up and supporting the attack if Hayes opts to play a 4-3-3. In addition, she can play as a wing-back if needed, although Chelsea already have a wealth of options in that position.
It would be impossible to replace the abilities of Ji fully but Svitkova has shown a penchant for goalscoring throughout her career as well as playmaking skills that should unleash the power of offensive players like Sam Kerr and Pernille Harder.