There are a lot of new faces at Tottenham Hotspur this season, many of who will be familiar to Barclays FA Women’s Super League fans more than Spurs supporters.
A total of 12 players have been retained from last season and will be making the step up to professional football. Here are three players from that group to look out for.
This will be Neville’s third season in a Spurs shirt having been voted both Fans’ and Players’ Player of the Season after her first campaign. A talented left-back, Neville isn’t afraid to make a strong tackle but she also likes to get forward and put in a cross or two. She was the first defender to win the FA Women’s Championship Player of the Month award and whilst there was no Spurs player awards at the end of last season, she would have been a strong contender to retain the crown.
She is also known for her ability to leap like a salmon. She made some crucial headers at the end of last season, scoring twice to equalise and then giving Spurs the lead against Charlton Athletic to keep their promotion bid on track. She also
produced a goal-line save to deny Aston Villa as Spurs secured promotion to the Barclays FA Women’s Super League in the penultimate game. This season she will have strong competition for the left-back position with the arrival Dutch international Siri Worm.
One of our own, Naz played at Spurs as a child before crossing to the other North London team when she was 15. She returned to The Lilywhites at the beginning of last season and is the player which her teammates say that they want to face least in training.
This summer, the young forward was the only England player to be named in the Team of the Tournament at the UEFA Women’s Under-19 Championship while Naz scored four goals in 17 league starts for her club last season. She is a versatile attacker who can play on the wing or through the centre of the park and she is a player with the potential to become a star for Spurs and England in the coming years.
Coral Jade Haines
Haines joined Spurs on loan from Birmingham City before making the move permanent last summer. She is a talented attacking midfielder who has been capped at Under-23 level for England. Noticeably last season, she became one of those players to whom the rest of the team respond. When she plays well, the team plays well.
In pre-season, Haines has been wearing the number 10 shirt, an indication of the role which she is starting to fill for Spurs. She has played top flight football before, representing Birmingham City and in the intervening years, she has only grown as a player, quietly improving her game. She has the potential to make a big impact at The Hive this season.
By Sian Wallis (@Sian_Wallis)