Rose Lavelle of Manchester City Women Manchester City Women v Tottenham Hotspur Women, WSL football match, City Football Academy, Manchester, UK - 04 Oct 2020 Photo: Lynne Cameron for The FA

United States head coach unconcerned by midfielder Lavelle’s lack of Manchester City starts

United States head coach Vlatko Andonovski says that the lack of starts for midfielder Rose Lavelle at Manchester City this season is no concern when it comes to her selection for the national team.

The 25-year-old has made 13 appearances in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League for her club this season, although just three of those outings have come as starts.

Manchester City head coach Gareth Taylor has previously stated that Lavelle has been unlucky in her debut season in England with the player having struggled with an injury before and after the winter break and she has then had to bide her time for minutes with her fellow midfielders being in fine form.

When Lavelle has pulled on a City shirt, she has generally impressed and there is no doubting the fact that if Taylor’s side was not packed with so many in-form midfield talents, she would have benefitted with more starts.

Lavelle is a member of the 23-player United States squad for this month’s international friendlies against Sweden and France. FAWSL Full-Time spoke with head coach Vlatko Andonovski ahead of the nation’s opening fixture against Sweden in Stockholm this evening and he said that as long as Lavelle is performing when fielded by the United States, he is not overly concerned by the player’s restricted game time with her club.

“I think Rose has done very well for the national team,” said Andonovski in his pre-match press conference. “If her club market was impacting her in a negative way where she was not doing well for the national team I would be concerned.

“As long as she is doing superb for the national team, I have no concerns and I am happy.

“Would I like to see Rose on the field a little bit more with City? Yes. Do I believe that she deserves to be on the field more? Absolutely, she is one of the best players in the world.

“I have no say in anyone’s playing time in the club market and when they come here, I just gauge their form, abilities and make decisions here.”

Lavelle won the SheBelieves Cup’s MVP award during the last international break, an award which recognises the tournament’s most valuable player. The midfielder netted the only goal in her nation’s 1-0 win over Canada before impressing in games against Brazil and Argentina. The player will be keen to impress again for The Stars and Stripes should she be selected to face Sweden in Stockholm this evening.

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