Chelsea manager Emma Hayes has already added a new goalkeeper to her squad in the January transfer window with Swedish international Zecira Musovic having agreed to join the club on a two-and-a-half-year deal.
Musovic will become the fourth goalkeeper to feature in The Blues’ senior squad so far this season with experienced duo Ann-Katrin Berger and Carly Telford and youngster Emily Orman also on the club’s books.
It will be fascinating to see how Chelsea boss Hayes balances the club’s goalkeeping duties but what does the immediate future hold for the club’s youngest keeper Orman?
The 18-year-old academy graduate is undoubtedly highly-rated by Hayes with the player having already been named on the bench for two Barclays FA Women’s Super League fixtures so far this season. Being selected to feature in a world-class matchday squad such as Chelsea’s is no mean feat and highlights the fact that Orman is considered to be part of Hayes’ long-term plans.
For a teenage goalkeeper aiming to make a living playing in a league full of top class players in her position, Orman arguably needs senior games under her belt rather than academy football in the coming months. It would therefore be no surprise to see the youngster move out on loan in the New Year in a bid for the club to get her the experience that she needs. Sending the youngster out to an FA Women’s Championship club would act as the perfect audition for a more regular role in the Chelsea senior squad. We have already seen just how competitive the second tier of football is and it provides an excellent platform for young players to test themselves and build confidence and experience as they look to launch their senior careers. With the FA Women’s Championship being a predominantly southern league, Chelsea could consider loaning Orman out to a club in the local area with The Blues well-placed to monitor the player’s progress while she could continue to train with them during the week.
Youngster Orman has all of the attributes to become the next impressive English goalkeeper to come off the production line. She has already represented her country up to Under-19 level and regular senior club football would really help her move onto the next level towards making her senior Chelsea debut.