The FA Women’s Super League will undoubtedly return with a bang once the Coronavirus crisis is over and several clubs are likely to look towards bolstering their squads with a view to becoming a greater force in the top flight.
Whilst the season is in suspension, we have taken a look at the 12 clubs in the FA Women’s Super League and have selected three players who we feel could be the subject of transfer interest this summer.
Ebony Salmon (Bristol City)
If Bristol City are to remain an FA Women’s Super League side next season, the form of striker Ebony Salmon is critical in their bid for survival.
The forward has scored in both of Bristol City’s 1-0 victories in the FA Women’s Super League this season while she has also netted in both of her side’s score draws. Her importance to Tanya Oxtoby’s side is second to none.
Salmon joined The Robins from Manchester United last summer and there is a feeling at the Leigh Sports Village that she may be the one that got away. The striker has already highlighted that fact with the winning goal for her new club against United in a shock 1-0 victory in Leigh in January.
Bristol City clearly have a big talent on their hands and the club may struggle to retain the services of Salmon this summer regardless of whether they remain in the FA Women’s Super League or not.
Chloe Kelly (Everton)
Everton forward Kelly is undoubtedly one of the brightest young talents in the FA Women’s Super League while she is now also a familiar face in the England senior squad with the player having been included for the SheBelieves Cup in the United States earlier this month.
At just 22 years of age, Kelly has a huge future ahead of her and you would think that it is only a matter of time before the big clubs come calling for her services.
The term ‘big club’ could be a key one in the youngster’s short term future. In the past, current club Everton have struggled to compete with the financial clout of Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City but things may be about to change. Everton have recently announced plans to invest further in their first team squad in the coming months, a clear sign that they are keen to become one of the elite clubs in England themselves.
Clubs will surely enquire about the availability of Kelly and Everton will have an opportunity to show just how serious they are about challenging for silverware themselves by closing the door on any transfer.
Ashleigh Neville (Tottenham Hotspur)
Tottenham Hotspur full-back Ashleigh Neville has undoubtedly been the unsung hero of the club’s successful first season in the FA Women’s Super League.
The former Sporting Club Albion and Coventry United player has been a model of consistency for Karen Hills and Juan Amoros’ side and has taken to top flight football like a duck to water.
The left-back is only 26 years of age and is still capable of representing one of the FA Women’s Super League’s very top clubs. The excellent form of the player has resulted in some recommending her for England honours and we think that those claims are very valid.
Neville offers both consistency and versatility to her joint-managers and she is a player who Spurs will be very grateful to have on their books. Surely she cannot live in the shadow of some other players in the FA Women’s Super League in her preferred position for much longer.