Shania Hayles of Aston Villa Women walks out to the pitch with the mascots Aston Villa Ladies v London City Lionesses, WomenÂ’s Championship football match, Trevor Brown Memorial Ground, Sutton Coldfield, UK - 15 Dec 2019 Photo: Richard Martin-Roberts for The FA

OPINION: Aston Villa attacker ready to terrify FAWSL defences

Aston Villa attacker Shania Hayles could be ready to make a real impact in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League next season if the club get the opportunity to put the finishing touches to their promotion bid in the FA Women’s Championship.

The 20-year-old returned to Villa last summer following a spell with their neighbours Birmingham City and despite having to bide her time for starting opportunities, Hayles was beginning to show some real class before the suspension of the FA Women’s Championship in March.

The forward, who can also operate out wide, is yet to start a match at the top level of women’s football with her opportunities with former club Birmingham City having been from the bench. Her recent form with Villa has caught the eye of manager Gemma Davies who has installed Hayles in what is a very competitive starting XI. The youngster has rewarded her boss with some dangerous performances which could result in her being a fixture in the Villa side in the top flight next season if the club are promoted.

Hayles started the season as a regular substitute for Villa. She has occupied a place on the bench in nine of Villa’s 14 fixtures, coming on in seven of those games. In her five starts, the attacker has produced five goals, including an impressive hat-trick in the 4-0 derby victory over Coventry United last time out. Hayles has started each of the last four league games for Villa, a sign that her manager has recognised that she can be a real asset for the team. After being given those opportunities, Hayles is delivering the goods for her side.

The player has endured a bit of a stop-start beginning to her career but Hayles was certainly starting to make a real impact before the suspension of the FA Women’s Championship. In her current form, she looks like a player who could frighten a few Barclays FA Women’s Super League defences with Villa should the club make it to the promised land.

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