Everton midfielder Molly Pike made a big career decision last summer when she swapped South West London for Merseyside in a bid for regular first team football.
Despite representing England up to Under-19 level, the player had failed to make the breakthrough at Chelsea, a club which boasts a plethora of top class international stars.
It hasn’t necessarily been plain sailing for Pike in her first season playing under Willie Kirk at Everton but what the statistics show is that The Blue Girls have themselves a star in the making with the midfielder already making an impact in the opportunities which have come her way.
Pike has less than half of the minutes under her belt this season in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League than top appearance maker Danielle Turner has accrued. The 19-year-old midfielder has been given just 562 minutes of action, a record which is bettered by 12 of her Everton teammates but that statistic does not tell the full story. Only top scorer Chloe Kelly has a better goal involvement average than Pike. The former Chelsea midfielder has provided one goal and three assists for Kirk’s side so far this season which means that Pike has been involved in an Everton goal in every 141 minutes of action. Other than striker Kelly, who has averaged goal involvement in every 107 minutes that she has played, no other player can better the proud record held by Pike.
It is fair to say that Pike has quietly settled into life on Merseyside and her integration into the Everton team has been slightly overshadowed by some of the club’s more regular starters this season. Just seven of the youngster’s 13 league appearances have been starts but the midfielder can be classed as one of the unsung heroes of The Blue Girls’ much-improved season and her highly-effective performances bode very well for the future.