Everton'’s Maeva Clemaron on the ball against Brighton in the WSL match Brighton and Hove Albion Women v Everton Ladies, WSL football match, The People's Pension Stadium, Crawley, UK - 02 Feb 2020 Photo: Adam Scott for The FA

Everton investment could help international visibility of French midfielder

The ongoing investment in the playing squad at Barclays FA Women’s Super League club Everton could help French midfielder Maeva Clemaron gain further honours on the international stage.

The Blue Girls are expected to continue to invest in their project both on and off the field during the next 12 months as they push for a long-awaited return towards competing for domestic honours on a regular basis.

The last two transfer windows have seen manager Willie Kirk bring in a number of international players including French midfielder Clemaron who agreed a two-year deal on Merseyside last summer. The 27-year-old has been on the fringes of the French senior squad in recent years and she is one player who could really benefit from her move to Everton.

Prior to joining The Blue Girls last summer, Clemaron had been a member of the French squad which had competed as host nation at the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019. The midfielder did not make an appearance at that tournament while her only competitive outing to date came in a 3-0 victory over Germany at the 2018 SheBelieves Cup. Clemaron has failed to make a single appearance for Les Bleus during her time as an Everton player.

France’s most recent fixture against The Netherlands in March saw head coach Corinne Diacre name a five-player midfield made up of players representing the top three clubs in France, a sign that Everton midfielder Clemaron may have to be competing for club honours to get noticed by her national coach. The 2020/2021 campaign could be Clemaron’s most important yet and with Everton investing in their women’s team, she is well-placed to make an impact and finally get those opportunities for her country.

Everton are currently three places better off than last season while they have seven points more on the board despite playing six games fewer than in 2018/2019. Further improvement next season would see The Blue Girls aiming for a place in the top four of the Barclays FA Women’s Super League. The quality of player which is beginning to be attracted to Walton Hall Park will edge the club towards the higher end of the Barclays FA Women’s Super League table in the long run. Challenging higher up the table will undoubtedly attract a greater media and international spotlight on Everton, with French national coach Diacre surely forced to take a more keen interest on Clemaron’s performances in what is becoming one of the strongest leagues in world football.

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