Leicester would be the newest membership to affix the ranks of the Ladies’s Tremendous League subsequent season, with the Foxes securing the 2020/21 Ladies’s Championship title and promotion with two video games of the marketing campaign to spare.
Leicester have solely dropped seven factors within the league all season and first place was clinched over the weekend because of a twelfth consecutive win in a run stretching again to early November. The decisive victory came visiting London Metropolis Lionesses on Easter Sunday.
The Foxes are actually mathematically out of attain of second place Durham, having received 4 video games greater than their nearest rivals and scoring almost twice as many objectives.
For Leicester, funding has been essential to their promotion. The membership was based in 2004 however till 2020 solely had casual hyperlinks with the male counterparts. That modified final 12 months when the ladies’s aspect was formally absorbed into the membership after a takeover by guardian firm King Energy and was instantly capable of go absolutely skilled in a semi-professional league.
Earlier Ladies’s Championship finishes of seventh in 2018/19 and sixth in 2019/20 shortly grew to become a distant reminiscence when the Foxes discovered their toes within the autumn. They even reached the semi-finals of this season’s Continental Cup.
This is an introduction to 10 of Leicester’s greatest and most essential gamers this season…
Tierney is a crucial participant for Leicester at each ends of the pitch, having been poached from fellow Championship aspect Sheffield United final summer season. She has scored three league objectives from her full-back place this season and is called a vocal participant on the pitch.
Two-cap Netherlands worldwide De Graaf joined Leicester in 2020 following a two-year spell on the fringes of the West Ham staff within the WSL. She remains to be solely 23 however was captain of Dutch membership PEC Zwolle first earlier than shifting to England three years in the past.
Leicester fan Plumptre was solely 17 when she was on the bench for Notts County within the 2015 FA Cup ultimate at Wembley and joined Leicester forward of this season following three years taking part in school soccer in North America on the College of Southern California.
Place: Attacking midfield
Previously of Manchester United, that is attacking midfielder Devlin’s second promotion from the Ladies’s Championship in her profession. She made 16 appearances and scored 5 occasions as United stormed the second tier in 2018/19, however she didn’t stick with the membership within the WSL.
Howard brings loads of expertise to the Leicester squad. The defender was born and raised in Germany, performed school soccer in Florida, has performed membership soccer in the USA and Germany and turned out for Studying within the WSL. She additionally went to the 2019 World Cup with Scotland.
Place: Centre midfield
Like Howard, Allen additionally joined Leicester from Studying in 2020, having earlier additionally performed for Birmingham and Lincoln within the WSL earlier than that. That is truly the midfielder’s second spell at Leicester after a earlier stint within the late 2000s and she or he is a hometown hero.
Nonetheless solely a youngster, England youth worldwide Bailey-Gayle arrived from Arsenal after making a handful of first-team appearances for the Gunners. She got here into this season wanting to attain extra objectives for Leicester than she managed in 2019/20 and has hit that focus on.
Liverpool-born Levell was beforehand a starter for Everton within the WSL, initially incomes the gloves on the Toffees whereas nonetheless a youngster again in 2015. She wears the quantity 28 shirt for Leicester in reminiscence of her late brother, who tragically died on 28 September 2015.
Paul was solely 17 when she was signed by Leicester in 2019, having already made her first-team debut for Arsenal at simply 16. The ahead, who normally operates from a large place, was prolific at youth degree for the Gunners and has carried on scoring objectives for Leicester.
Being furloughed from her job in 2020 had a silver lining for Flint as a result of the previous Manchester Metropolis youth graduate was capable of prepare full-time as a footballer once more. That has since paid off massively with Leicester this season, with 16 objectives in 18 appearances.
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