With a plethora of world class talent on the books at Chelsea in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League’s full-time era, it is going to take some player from the club’s youth ranks to go on to establish themselves in the first team at Kingsmeadow.
Step forward teenage striker Emily Murphy. At just 17 years of age, the player is yet to become a household name for the South West Londoners but some impressive cameo appearances for The Blues at first team level so far this season bodes very well for the future.
Murphy joined the Chelsea academy from Arsenal last summer and she has quickly made a positive impression upon her new manager Emma Hayes. The youngster was handed her first team debut against Tottenham Hotspur in the FA Women’s Continental League Cup in November. Murphy replaced teammate Erin Cuthbert for the final half-hour at Kingsmeadow as Chelsea won 5-1.
Since her debut outing for The Blues, Murphy’s statistics are very impressive. The player has made two further appearances off the bench in the FA Women’s Continental League Cup, netting her first senior goal against Aston Villa in the quarter-finals. The forward has also made two substitute appearances in the FA Women’s Super League, scoring in the 8-0 victory over London rivals West Ham United in February.
Murphy’s only start to date came against second tier side Charlton Athletic in the Women’s FA Cup and she quickly repaid the faith which manager Hayes has put in her by scoring two goals.
Four goals for a player who is yet to get four hours of senior football under her belt is some record. Make no doubt about it, Murphy has a big future in the game and she has a real chance of making the grade at Chelsea alongside an array of international talent.