News from London: Chelsea Women: Emma Thompson off to Lewes after signing first pro deal

While Thomas Tuchel and the men’s team try to figure things out as quickly as possible before the Premier League season gets underway, the Chelsea Women have made another transaction. For the first time in her young career, 18-year-old striker Emma Thompson has signed her first professional contract through 2024. Following the signing, Thompson heads off to Championship side Lewes FC on loan for next season, becoming the club’s third arrival of the summer.

Thompson was in the Chelsea squad three times in the FA Women’s Super League last season and she made her first—and only—appearance in an FA Cup match against Aston Villa in January. Currently, there is a massive block for any attacker trying to make it in the team with the quality and talent that Emma Hayes has right now. However, with more time on the pitch, Thompson should see her game evolve from now until the end of next season.

On top of a few appearances here and there in the FAWSL and domestic cup competitions, Thompson has represented England at a multitude of levels from U15 to U19. She netted a goal in a friendly against Belgium back in 2019 for the U15 English National Team. After Thompson confirmed her status in the English second division for next season, Lewes manager Scott Booth expressed his thoughts on her arrival: