Ramona Bachmann

Date of birth: 25 December 1990
Place of birth: Malters, Lucerne
Position: Forward
International: Switzerland senior
Trophies won at Chelsea: FA WSL Spring Series 2017

Ramona Bachmann was one of the collection of close-season big signings when she joined Chelsea in January 2017. The sprightly attacker had played a key role for Wolfsburg as they overcame the Blues en-route to the 2016 Women’s Champions League final.

It quickly became apparent why Emma Hayes had been so keen to bring her to England as Bachmann immediately sprinkled a touch of stardust on an already talented squad and, more importantly, the ability to settle any game with a moment of genius.

Having marked her debut against Doncaster with a goal, she produced two exceptional efforts against Sunderland in the Women’s FA Cup quarter-final, and another strike in the win over Yeovil made it four goals in her first three matches with the Blues.

She eventually finished with six strikes from seven starts and four sub appearances in all competitions by the end of the 2017 Spring Series, as silverware was lifted by the club, and her seemingly telepathic link-up with Fran Kirby in the win at Bristol City boded well for the future.

Prior to joining Chelsea, Bachmann had excelled at both club and international level in a variety of attacking roles. She boasted a record exceeding a goal every two games during her 80-plus appearances for Switzerland, for whom she debuted as a 16-year-old before winning the Golden Player award at the 2009 UEFA Women’s Under-19 Championships. High among her greatest international achievements is helping the Swiss qualify for their maiden Women’s World Cup in 2015 and she was her country’s star player at Euro 2017.

She loves to drive her team up the pitch, describing herself as a fast player with a fondness for dribbling, and she linked up with another Chelsea Ladies forward, Eniola Aluko, in the USA team Atlanta Beat during the Women’s Professional Soccer expansion season in 2010.

After an injury-hit spell in the States, Bachmann returned to Sweden where she had played previously, rejoining Umea and subsequently moving to the league powerhouse Malmo. Playing alongside notable names such as Marta and Anja Mittag, it was there the youngster grew into a world-class footballer.

She is a Chelsea fan since childhood.