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Jonna Andersson

BIOGRAPHY

Jonna Andersson became the third Swedish player to join the Blues squad when she signed midway through the 2017/18 season, and she played a significant role as we won the Double.

A quick and committed performer, the left wing-back is a fantastic reader of the game and helped Linkopings win six major trophies – three league titles and three Swedish Cups – during her time at the club, as well as appearing in the Champions League.

She joined Linkopings from local team Mjolby, where she had played as a centre-forward before switching to the left-hand side, and that made up her mind to pursue a career as a footballer despite a promising junior career in floorball.

It proved to be a wise move as she has not only excelled domestically in Sweden, but also at international level. A winner of the European Under-19s championship in 2012, Andersson graduated to the senior side four years later, making her debut in a 6-0 win over Scotland, and she was part of the squad which won Olympic silver in Rio, playing 45 minutes against Brazil. She also represented her country at Euro 2017 in the Netherlands.

Upon signing for the Blues, she described herself as an offensive player and highlighted her crossing ability, and she immediately showed her attacking intent on her debut against Arsenal, forcing the own goal which proved to be the winner in a five-goal thriller.

Although she was cup-tied in Europe, Andersson showed her importance in domestic matches after taking the left-sided role from the departed Crystal Dunn. She scored a vital winner at home to Everton on her first start and was also on target with crucial goals against Yeovil Town and Reading in the league, as well as netting in the FA Cup quarter-final triumph over Liverpool.

As a quiet and understated character off the pitch, Andersson’s contribution was barely noted outside the camp, so it was fitting that she should score the second goal late on against Bristol City in the title-clinching victory in the South-West of England.

The Swede is also fluent in English, and during her time with Linkopings she worked at a local school coaching 13- to 15-year-olds.