Erin Cuthbert was a key performer for the Blues, whether starting matches or coming off the bench, during the Double-winning 2017/18 season.
Cuthbert signed for Chelsea from Glasgow City in her native Scotland in 2016.
A former Rangers academy player, the then 18-year-old became the top scorer at her former club less than a few months after joining them, collecting 19 goals as well as their Player of the Year award and a Scottish Women’s Premier League winners’ medal.
Though young, Cuthbert possesses game intelligence and decision-making beyond her years, two facets of her game which were on display during the 2017 Spring Series. She assisted Drew Spence’s goal just moments after coming on against Doncaster for her debut and her first WSL start against Yeovil was marked by a clinical finish.
Although she started only three matches, along with four sub appearances during the Spring campaign, Cuthbert rarely failed to impress and her best performance came in a thumping win at Sunderland with two first-half goals.
She made her senior international debut in Scotland’s 1-0 win over Belarus in Women’s Euro 2017 qualification and Cuthbert netted their first goal in the finals in a game against Portugal.
Having made a good impression during our Spring Series success in June 2017, Cuthbert was even more influential in her first full campaign with the club, which ended with the Blues winning our second WSL 1 and Women's FA Cup Double.
She finished as our third-highest scorer with 11 goals, which included a hat-trick in the FA Cup against London Bees, a vital headed goal in Montpellier to open her Champions League account and a last-minute winner in the WSL1 win over Birmingham City late in the season which helped get us over the finishing line in the title race. She was also nominated for the PFA Women's Young Player of the Year award and, upon returning back for pre-season, signed a new three-year contract with the club.