Tottenham Hotspur head coach Rehanne Skinner says that teenage defender Esther Morgan is adjusting well to life as a senior player.
The 18-year-old only made her senior debut for the club last month but has since retained her place in the side.
Morgan was handed the biggest challenge of her career to date yesterday as Spurs took on rivals Arsenal in the North London derby at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Despite Skinner’s side going down 3-0, the Spurs head coach feels that Morgan is rising to the challenges which the Barclays FA Women’s Super League has to offer and that she is adjusting well to her role as a senior player.
“I think she is adjusting really well,” Skinner told FAWSL Full-Time in the post-match press conference. “Every different player that she comes up against in the WSL poses a slightly different challenge for her and they are obviously learning experiences that are only going to help her going forward.
“She is a resilient player, she works really hard, she is learning all of the time and she is trying to get as much out of us as coaches as she possibly can.
“In terms of her attitude, you certainly can’t fault it. She has done really well and I hope that continues.”
Skinner went on to highlight that the experience of a North London derby at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium was one that will aid the development of young players like Morgan, offering them a unique experience.
“Derbies are special. Playing in this stadium, you can’t help but feel that it is a special opportunity,” said Skinner. “We’ve got young players like Esther getting on the pitch and getting these kinds of experiences which are still massively valuable learning opportunities.
“I think that’s obviously a positive coming out of it. We would have liked to have had the fans in as a repeat of last year and hopefully, we will get to do that next year.”
Morgan’s appearance for Spurs against Arsenal was her fifth this season. She could face another tough test next weekend when Spurs host Manchester City at The Hive.