By Joe Roberts

4th Jul, 2023 | 8:18pm

Aston Villa Women lose Hannah Hampton to Chelsea as deal confirmed

Hannah Hampton has proven herself to be one of the Women’s Super League’s top goalkeepers and Aston Villa fans will be more than disappointed to see her leave the club for free.

The 22-year-old may still be young, but she has earned plenty of WSL experience for Birmingham before her move to rivals Villa in 2021.

She enjoyed an excellent season for an over-performing Aston Villa who ended their campaign in an admirable 5th place.

Hampton’s five clean sheets went a long way in securing Villa’s success, and to clinch her signature on a 3-year deal as a free agent would have been music to Chelsea’s ears.

She has also been impressive enough to earn herself international recognition, being one of the historic Lionesses to win last summer’s European Championship and returns to the squad for their upcoming World Cup later this month, following a brief time away due to reports of a “poor attitude” [BBC Sport].

However, she is also earning praise from all the right people. Chelsea Women’s manager Emma Hayes said: “There is no doubt that Hannah is one of the best young goalkeepers in the world. Her performances have been improving year on year, and we have high hopes for her future with us.”

How right she is. Making regular WSL appearances since 2018, Hampton has only improved her goalkeeping ability. She claimed a personal record last season with her highest clean sheet rate to date at 33% [FBRef].

Her main strengths lie in her shot-stopping and quick reactions, while also having the ability to come quickly off her line to suffocate oncoming attackers to prevent clear-cut chances.

However, competition is stiff at Chelsea. The Blues already have four goalkeepers on the books including Ann-Katrin Berger and Zecira Musovic. The Mirror reported that she may be open to a loan move at the start of next season so she can ensure herself game time.

Aston Villa will be disappointed to see her leave the club, but when Chelsea come calling it can be difficult to resist. Hampton decline to sign a new contract with Villa, making it clear she sought a new journey in football.

Villa had already made headway in the off-season regarding the goalkeeper position. They signed a new experienced 23-year-old in the form of Daphne van Domselaar from Dutch side Twente.

But the disappointment will still sting for manager Carla Ward, but the Villans will hope to build on from a record-breaking WSL season.

In other Aston Villa news, van Domselaar set to fill Hampton’s gloves following her move to Chelsea.