Record signing Ramirez set for stardom at Chelsea
Chelsea have strengthened their formidable attack with the signing of Mayra Ramirez.
The Colombian striker — signed from Levante for a British record fee worth a reported £384,000 — arrives to boost the Blues' chances of securing a fifth successive Women's Super League title.
And with Arsenal and Manchester City breathing down their neck, Emma Hayes' side will be hoping for an instant impact from their new recruit.
Ahead of today's clash with Everton, we look at why Ramirez is so valuable.
There is no doubting Ramirez's reliability in front of goal.
The 24-year-old scored six times in seven league games for Levante this season before departing for London.
That followed a campaign in which she netted 14 times in 27 top-flight appearances for the Spanish side.
And she showed clear glimpses of quality when making her Blues debut in last weekend's 3-0 win over Brighton.
Boss Hayes said: "I'm not here to waste time, I'm here to win, and I have to bed her [Ramirez] into the squad as quickly as possible.
"We don't have a pre-season for that so giving her 30 minutes today was important and for those of us that speak Spanish we have to help with that process.
"She's so strong. If you put the ball up to her it sticks. If defenders get tight to her she'll roll them — they think they've got her and then she's got a bit of pace to go beyond them.
"She's got qualities that I think are needed for the team right now."
Ramirez does indeed have more to offer than just goals.
She has completed 2.54 successful take-ons per 90 and an expected assists per 90 tally of 0.29 over the last 12 months.
And her ability to carry the team forward and create as well as finish chances can help fill the void left by Sam Kerr, who is likely to miss the rest of the season with an ACL injury.
Kerr had scored nine goals already this term and is also an all-round threat in the final third.
But the signing of Ramirez means Chelsea continue to carry a considerable threat.
The record-breaking fee means Ramirez is under some pressure to instantly deliver in West London.
But with 30 caps for Colombia and plenty of self-belief, she should have no trouble adjusting to the WSL.
She said: "I am very honoured to be a part of Chelsea.
"To be part of such a huge club is a dream come true and one I've had since I was a little girl."
Ramirez could make her full league debut against Everton on Sunday and will have her sights set on scoring the first of many goals in a Chelsea shirt.