Barclays FA Women’s Super League champions Chelsea have again been linked with a move for French international ace Sakina Karchaoui.
The left-back was thought to be on Blues boss Emma Hayes’ radar last summer when she was leaving Montpellier but the player instead joined then-European champions Lyon.
Karchaoui has featured in 18 of Lyon’s 22 French Division 1 Feminine fixtures this season, however, there have been whispers in the French and Spanish media in recent weeks that the player could be set to leave the club this summer. Should Karchaoui move on, it is thought that Chelsea, Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain could be amongst the clubs to battle for her services.
FAWSL Full-Time have analysed the player and here are three facts which you may not know about Karchaoui.
She’s agile and athletic
Karchaoui is very much a head coach’s dream to work with. You can’t ask for much more than a superb level of fitness, agility, energy and athleticism, all attributes which are held by the French star. The player is most at home carrying out her defensive duties but she has pace to burn and can dart down the left flank.
In addition to impressing with her club, Karchaoui is currently fighting to make the left-back position her own for the French national team following Amel Majri’s move upfield.
Karchaoui is a former French Division 1 Feminine Young Player of the Year
Karchaoui was named the top young player in the French Division 1 Feminine for her performances for former club Montpellier in 2016/2017. The defender featured 17 times for her club as they beat Paris Saint-Germain to second spot behind champions Lyon. Karchaoui has since also been named in The International Federation of Football History & Statistics’ (IFFHS) World Team for 2020.
Karchaoui is a former world champion
The defender helped France lift the FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cup in Azerbaijan in 2012. Les Bleues saw off North Korea on penalties in the final. Karchaoui was also a member of the Under-20 side which finished as runners-up at the FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup in Papua New Guinea four years later.
Karchaoui remains a Lyon player for now but it remains to be seen whether she will still be at the club in 2021/2022.