Chelsea boss Emma Hayes believes that youngster Niamh Charles will star for England in the full-back position in the coming years after the player impressed in a 2-0 win at West Ham United this afternoon.
Goals from Sam Kerr and Beth England gave The Blues all three points as they remained two points clear at the top of the Barclays FA Women’s Super League table but it was the performance of right-back Charles which created one of talking points after the game.
When speaking in the post-match press conference in which FA Women’s Super League Full-Time were present, Hayes commented on Charles’ performance by saying “We know her qualities and we always say to younger players they have to be patient and that moments will come.
“The question is ‘will you be ready when that moment comes?’
“She had the opportunity to go into the game the other day when the team went down to 10. She took the opportunity and she is deserving to be in the starting line-up in what I think will be her position going forward.
“I think she will be a full-back at the top level and I think she will compete at the national team level in that position but it will take some time to develop her.”
Hayes handed Swedish goalkeeper Zecira Musovic her Chelsea debut following her arrival from FC Rosengard in January
and she had nothing but praise for her side’s shot stopper.
“I’m delighted with Musovic’s debut today,” said Hayes. “I think she showed all of her qualities and why we signed her.
“I think she has a great presence and you can feel the players around her trust her. Her kicking distances and decision making today were excellent.
“Today was always going to be a tricky game against a team that is direct in their play from set pieces and I thought she handled everything superbly.”
Summarising her side’s overall performance, Hayes felt that her side adapted well to the conditions to claim the three points.
She added “I felt it was a really professional performance.
“The early goal really helped the team but the pitch and conditions didn’t allow us to play our normal game today.
“However, I felt we played well and executed our game plan the way I wanted them to, and I’m happy for both Beth (England) and Sam (Kerr) in terms of their contributions to each other’s goals.”
Chelsea are back in action on Wednesday when they face Atletico Madrid in the second leg of their UEFA Women’s Champions League round of 16 tie.