Martha Thomas of West Ham United Women celebrates scoring with teammates. Arsenal Women v West Ham United Women, WSL football match, Meadow Park Stadium, Borehamwood, UK - 08 Sep 2019 Photo: Kunjan Malde for The FA

Fit again Thomas can be West Ham United’s 15-goal-a-season striker next term

West Ham United forward Martha Thomas could be the club’s answer to finding a 15-goal-a-season striker next season should she be fit for the entire campaign.

The 23-year-old Scotland international striker has missed a large chunk of this season through injury but still managed five goals in all competitions for The Hammers.

Thomas has also demonstrated her quality on the international stage, scoring her first two goals for Scotland at senior level in their 3-0 victory over Ukraine at the 2020 Pinatar Cup earlier this month. That match saw the striker make her full international debut for The Tartan Army.

West Ham United are currently occupying eighth place in the FA Women’s Super League. It’s a position which manager Matt Beard would not have particularly wanted at the start of the season with the East Londoners finishing a place higher in their debut campaign last term.

One of the problems at Rush Green has simply been inconsistency. West Ham United have won two and lost three of their last five FA Women’s Super League fixtures while they have not won back-to-back games all season. Having a fully fit Thomas who is bang in formĀ for the whole of next season could certainly help provide an upturn in fortunes.

The forward was brought in by West Ham United last summer as a player with huge potential who could play a part in moving the club onto the next level. For the second season running, manager Beard has had some rotten luck with injuries in his squad. If Thomas can avoid injury throughout the season next year, she undoubtedly has the quality to compete with some of the very best strikers in the FA Women’s Super League. The player’s progression during her time in East London is certainly well worth keeping a close eye on.

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