Norwegian international defender Kristine Bjordal Leine moved overseas for the first time in her career last summer when she joined Barclays FA Women’s Super League club Reading.
The 23-year-old centre-back has played a key role for The Royals as Kelly Chambers’ side have enjoyed another solid campaign in the top flight.
FA Women’s Super League Full-Time take a look at the facts and figures as we bring you the statistics behind Leine’s first campaign playing in England.
Leine made a winning start to her career with Reading. She was a member of the side which opened the 2019/2020 campaign with a 1-0 victory at Liverpool back in September. Since making her debut, the defender has gone on to add a further 10 league outings to her tally as she has clocked up 990 minutes of Barclays FA Women’s Super League football. The player’s importance to Reading can be highlight by the fact that The Royals have lost both games in which Leine did not feature.
Leine has not only been a reliable figure in defence for Reading, the player has also made a contribution in The Royals’ attacks. The centre-back scored her only league goal as Reading won 3-2 at West Ham United in November while she also provided an assist for Jade Moore’s winner at Rush Green. Less than a week later, Leine created the chance for Remi Allen’s equalising goal in the 2-2 draw at Brighton & Hove Albion in November. One can say that the player’s attacking qualities saved her side four points.
Reading boss Chambers has also put her faith in Leine in the domestic cups. She has featured in five of her side’s six games in this season’s FA Women’s Continental League Cup, scoring in the 6-0 rout of Crystal Palace and helping The Royals to record two clean sheets while she made appearances in both of Reading’s Women’s FA Cup ties.
There is no doubting the fact that Leine has been one of manager Chambers’ very astute signings and Reading fans will be hoping to see the player remain with their club for a substantial period.