Chelsea FCW summer signing Pernille Harder is very good at football.
But don’t just take my word for it.
Today, Harder was announced as the 2019-20 UEFA Women’s Player of the Year, and collected her award at the Chelsea training ground in Cobham.
Harder earned the accolade, for the second time in the last three years, by leading Wolfsburg to yet another Frauen-Bundesliga title, their fourth consecutive and, probably not-coincidentally, fourth in her time there. She scored 27 goals in 21 appearances (20 starts) as The Wolves went unbeaten, only drawing twice (to Melanie Leupolz’s Bayern Munich).
In the Champions League, Harder led Wolfsburg to the final by netting nine times and assisting one goal across the competition’s seven rounds. Though Lyon overpowered Wolfsburg in the final, winning 3-1, Harder was Wolfsburg’s best player.
While this award is for Harder’s performances before her arrival at Chelsea, it’s perhaps the most pointed reminder of the type of player we have. Unfortunately, the Blues haven’t found our best form yet, and have performed well below last season’s standard in two of three competitive matches.
Given the talent on tap, that should be temporary, particularly in attack: Chelsea now have the 2019 NWSL MVP and leading scorer in three consecutive seasons, the 2019-20 WSL Player of the Season, and now the 2019-20 UEFA Women’s Player of the Year.
Congratulations to Pernille! Let’s go score some goals to celebrate!