With the 2023 Women’s World Cup now behind us, many standouts from the tournament have begun to be linked to top European outfits. Unsurprising to nobody, Chelsea Women are right in the mix. The men’s side of the club is not the only one making moves for a top-class defensive midfielder.
According to reports via Ata Football on August 16, the Australian midfielder Kyra Cooney-Cross who plays for Swedish club side Hammarby IF has been in negotiations with Chelsea Women about a move before the beginning of the campaign. The report also expressed the fact that the west London side was not the only outfit interested in the services of Australia’s No. 23. Emma Hayes was down under for the tournament, watching front and center her own players while activity recruiting. That only makes it even more of a possibility within the next few weeks to be able to get done.
Given the way she controlled the middle of the pitch for the Matildas and her connection with Sam Kerr, Cooney-Cross would fit right into life at Chelsea. Her age makes a loan a possibility, but that talent displayed on the world stage is without a doubt ready to compete in the Women’s Super League.
Whether it was her progressive passing range, set-piece precision, or willingness to carry the ball forward, the midfielder showed off a little bit of everything against the best of the best around the world. Alex Chidiac was the only midfielder on the Australia side that produced a better pass completion percentage than the Herston native.