5 WSL players to watch for the 22/23 season
After England’s summer brought football home, the 22/23 WSL season is finally upon us and excitement for the new campaign has never been higher.
The off-season saw the Lionesses claim England’s first major football honor since 1966 and many of the tournament’s stars will return to club action this weekend, with England captain Leanne Williamson and Euros player of the tournament Beth Meade playing for Arsenal. Ella Toone and Alecia Russo will impress for Manchester United.
There’s no doubt that England’s stars will be some of the biggest names in the WSL this season, yet ahead of the 22/23 campaign, we’d like to look at five players who may now be under the radar in English football. Audiences but who could explode onto the scene in the coming months.
With the season kicking off this weekend, HITC Sport presents five players to watch over the new WSL campaign, the longest in the history of the game in England.
Maya Le Tissier – Manchester United
Let’s clear the air first. No, Maya Le Tissier is not related to Southampton legend Matt Le Tissier, although with the pair born on the island of Guernsey, the Manchester United defender is now regarded by many as one of England’s top prospects and a fullback who will soon be representing the team. the lioness
A star for Brighton & Hove Albion last season, United splashed out to sign the 20-year-old this summer and Le Tissier has the potential to become another English star alongside the likes of Toune and Russo for the Red Devils this season. The Manchester side are aiming for a UEFA Women’s Champions League spot.
Yves Perisset – Chelsea
Chelsea are looking to make it four-and-five-in-a-row of WSL titles in the new season, and with new signing Eve Perisset providing a major boost to Emma Hayes’ defensive ranks, the Blues won their last Championship campaign on the final day. .
A 41-cap France international who has been one of the best right-backs in Europe for the past six years, Perisset is a major coup for Chelsea heading into the new season where the west London side will not only be looking to retain the title. But finally winning the Women’s Champions League, the piece of silverware Hayes needed to win as manager.
Lena Hurtig – Arsenal
Arsenal stunned the women’s football world with the signing of Swedish international Stina Blakstenius in January, and for the 22/23 WSL season, the Gunners are once again in the market to sign a superstar from the Scandinavian giants to sign attacker Lina Hurtig.
One of the most established Swedish players in recent years, the 27-year-old joins Jonas Ideval’s side at the peak of her powers and off the back of a fantastic season with Juventus as Arsenal look to bring the WSL title back north. Adding Hurtig to the likes of London, Blackstein, Beth Mead and Vivian Miedema is a daunting prospect.
Mary Fowler – Manchester City
To say Manchester City have lost this summer would be an understatement, with the 2016 WSL champions losing England heroes Georgia Stanway, Lucy Bronze and Keira Walsh this summer, the latter of whom to FC Barcelona for a world record women’s transfer fee. However, Mary Fowler is an exciting new addition.
The 19-year-old forward made his Australian debut aged just 15, and with Ellen White retiring from the game, Fowler is likely to lead the way for City in a big season for the teenage attacker. So far she has only spent her career in her home country and in France with Montpellier.
Leanne Kiernan – Liverpool
After years of mismanagement and a season in the Women’s Championship, Liverpool are back and looking to make their mark in the WSL, and star striker Leanne Kiernan will do some major damage against defenses in the top flight this season.
A regular in the Republic of Ireland, the 23-year-old scored 12 goals in 15 league appearances for Liverpool last season and Kiernan will no doubt be hungry to improve on that tally for the new campaign in the WSL, where the forward can play. Easily became one of the breakout stars of a historic year.
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