Emma Hayes: Lauren James “needs to keep developing”
Despite the crucial win for the Blues at the weekend, all eyes have turned to Emma Hayes’ critical feedback off her winning side, in which she specifically singles out upcoming star Lauren James.
The forward opened the score sheet in Sunday’s 3-2 victory over London rival Tottenham Hotspur, which was proven to be a vital goal, in order for Hayes’ side to walk away with all 3 points.
Chelsea have returned to being leaders of the pack.
Although the 21 year old walked away with the Player of the Match award, the Blues boss has mentioned the “need to be patient”, as Lauren “needs to keep developing both sides (of her game)”.
“She’s fantastic but she’s got to learn some other things like the last parts of the game- getting back into position,” Hayes revealed in a post match interview.
Hayes’ critical thinking after such a big win arguably explains her iconic role in the women’s game, as she is constantly striving for perfection in her squad- a quality that will thrive in European games too.
James’ technical ability “on the ball” is “outstanding”, which is impressive for such a young athlete in the game.
The attacker’s Women’s Super League debut occurred at current title contenders Arsenal, at just 16 in October 2017, before her first professional contract in July 2018 for Manchester United.
Lauren’s impeccable scoring ability was reflected at her former club, where she tallied up 14 goals in 18 appearances, which ultimately pushed United for promotion to the top tier of women’s football. She has gone down in the history books, as she scored United’s first ever goal in the WSL.
At the end of the 2019/20 season, James was shortlisted for the PFA Women’s Young Player of the Year that season.
Under the management of Emma Hayes, James will continue to achieve and grow as a player in the top tier of women’s football.
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