With 17 days to go until Chelsea begin the defence of our Women’s Super League title against Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge, we profile our Canadian midfield maestro Jessie Fleming who possesses tenacity and class in abundance.

Player Profile

Name: Jessie Fleming

National Team: Canada

Place of Birth: London, Canada

Position: Midfielder

DOB: 11 March 1998 (age 25)

Height: 1.65m (5 ft 5 in)

Chelsea career

Canadian international Jessie Fleming joined Chelsea from UCLA Bruins, a football programme at the University of California, Los Angeles – after agreeing her first professional contract. It was a learning curve for Fleming who had to adjust to life in a new country during the pandemic.

She made 26 appearances during her first season in blue, including a start in the 2020/21 Continental League Cup final victory against Bristol City. Fleming was full of confidence the following campaign, opening her account for the club and becoming more of an attacking threat from midfield during the 2021/22 season.

Having signed a contract extension in November 2022, Fleming continued to be a valuable asset with 36 appearances during the 2022/23 campaign. She was nominated for the FIFA Best Women’s Player award and finished the Double-winning campaign two matches shy of 100 appearances for the club.

International duty

Fleming is no stranger to success on the international stage. She was part of the Canadian team that won a bronze medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics and she competed at the Women’s World Cup in 2015 and 2019 – playing every minute at the latter and scoring her first World Cup goal in the process.

An undoubted highlight of her career came at the Tokyo Olympics, where Fleming stepped up with vital goals en route to the final. They met Sweden in the gold medal match and came out on top to secure a historic victory at the Games, where Fleming added the top prize to her list of accolades.

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