Chelsea’s Striker Void Filled as Nüsken Shines, PSG Revived

Chelsea striker void filled

In the latest action-packed weekend of women’s football in Europe, Wolfsburg’s surprising defeat to Hoffenheim turned heads. Chelsea also made waves by triumphing over Arsenal, while Levante settled for yet another draw. Meanwhile, Italy’s second phase of the season kicked off with enthusiasm.

Nüsken Takes Charge as Chelsea’s Striker Solution In the wake of star striker Sam Kerr’s ACL injury, Chelsea has grappled with maintaining equilibrium without a natural center forward. Manager Emma Hayes has experimented with various options, including deploying Lauren James as a false No. 9. However, James’ style of play, characterized by freedom of movement, doesn’t quite unsettle opposing defenders as desired.

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With injuries sidelining Mia Fishel and Mayra Ramírez, Chelsea faced a dilemma once again in finding a reliable striker. In their recent 3-1 victory over Arsenal in the Women’s Super League, Hayes turned to utility player Sjoeke Nüsken, who had been filling in at center back just a week ago. This tactical move proved masterful, as Nüsken not only netted an unconventional brace, including a deflected shot off her backside, but also created opportunities for her teammates to apply relentless pressure on the Gunners. The win was crucial for the league leaders, showcasing their adaptability and depth.

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