England legend Fara Williams expressed skepticism about Chelsea’s decision to sign Mayra Ramirez as a replacement for the injured Sam Kerr.
England retired star Fara Williams suggested that Chelsea already has enough talent to compensate for Kerr’s absence. She pointed to the presence of Mia Fishel, a United States striker signed last summer, as well as Lionesses duo Lauren James and Fran Kirby. The 40-year-old questioned the rationale behind spending a significant amount on Ramirez.
Discussing the situaiton on talkSPORT, Williams said: “I’m not sure she’s the ideal replacement for Sam Kerr in the short term. Will she still play alongside Sam Kerr if Kerr signs a new contract after this year when she comes back from an ACL? How [will] that look for her as a player fighting in this Chelsea team?
Fara Williams has her doubts about Ramirez
“Fishel can play up there, and I think she gives them a different dynamic when they play. Play into her, she’s very good at holding up the ball players can work off of her – something Chelsea have never been able to do before. Lauren James as a false nine, Fran Kirby who for whatever reason isn’t really playing that much at Chelsea. I know she played at the weekend against Brighton, but if they can get her playing regularly I think she’s a good enough replacement, between her and James.”
Chelsea unveiled Ramirez as a new player less than three weeks after announcing Kerr’s ACL injury. Levante confirmed that the deal could reach up to £427,000 ($539,000) with all add-ons included, surpassing the previous record set when Keira Walsh moved from Manchester City to Barcelona in 2022.
Ramirez made her debut for Chelsea, playing the final 23 minutes in their WSL victory over Brighton last weekend. However, she was ineligible to play in the final Champions League group game against Paris FC midweek.