Carter in, Charles out: Predicting Chelsea’s 2023/2024 starting XI

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WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND – AUGUST 05: Guro Reiten of Norway and Chelsea during the FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023 Round of 16 match between Japan and Norway at Wellington Regional Stadium on August 05, 2023 in Wellington, New Zealand. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images) /

Left wing: Guro Reiten (Norway)

Somehow, someway, the Norwegian sensation Guro Reiten was not awarded the club’s 2022/2023 Player of the Season. West London’s No. 11 amassed 26 goal contributions in league play and in Europe combined, using her world-class left foot to set up goal scoring opportunities.

The only way to describe her summer is unlucky. Reiten played out of position for her national team in a Norway team that lacked the kind of management to get the most out of its players. The left-footed wizard returns to her club side, awaiting to build off a record breaking fourth season at Chelsea.

Striker: Sam Kerr (Australia)

Once again, the Australian superstar Sam Kerr has shown no signs of slowing down. Her rocket against England in the semifinal of the World Cup was one of the biggest highlights of the tournament. Goals to seal the title, in the FA Cup final, and against Arsenal highlight the sheer importance Kerr continues to play for the west London outfit year after year.

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When the team is desperate for a breakthrough, Kerr finds a way to deliver. She has an apprentice this season in Mia Fishel who was acquired by the club from Tigres during this productive transfer window. Some doubted the Australian in the beginning stages of the previous campaign, but when it was all done and dusted, there was no dip whatsoever in her goal production.