1. Nathalie Björn is exactly what Hayes ordered with Millie Bright out
We got a glimpse of the Swedish international vs. West Ham. Though it was an impressive debut, Nathalie Björn officially introduced herself as a new west Londoner on Sunday. The Swede was far and away the better of the two starting center backs, completing 83 percent of her passes including 10 into the final third. Defensively, Bjorn piled up the third most defensive actions on the team while finishing 2/3 on both her aerial and ground duels. Unlike the Canadian beside her at times, Bjorn was clean, decisive, and confidence, matching Leupolz's pass accuracy on the afternoon.
Can we talk about that dime to James for the goal? Talk about putting it on a platter. I wonder if she was a waitress back in the day. We know about her progressive passing talents from international play, and that was it in all its glory. From just beyond the halfway line, No. 39 eliminated the entire middle third, assisting in the home side's doubling of the lead.
For Hayes, you could not have asked for a better start for an incoming transfer. Two games in, and she's already making an impact in the starting XI. That comfort level with the English top-flight shines through. Maren Mjelde is now buried on the bench as Sweden's starting right back has made an immediate positive impression in west London.
Chelsea Women return to UEFA Women's Champions League play on Wednesday in the SW6 against the club bottom in Group D, Real Madrid at 20:00 GMT. Tickets can be found here.