Brighton & Hove Albion manager Hope Powell has paid tribute to Dutch international midfielder Inessa Kaagman for the impact which she has made on the side this season.
The 25-year-old FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019 runner-up joined Albion last summer following a spell with their Barclays FA Women’s Super League rivals Everton and she has quickly adapted to life in Sussex.
Kaagman has added real value to the Albion side since her arrival. She has started all 19 of The Seagulls’ games in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League so far while she has scored seven league goals.
Speaking ahead of this afternoon’s trip to Arsenal, Albion boss Powell paid tribute to Kaagman, a player who she puts in the ‘top class’ category.
“Inessa has shown her quality this season,” Powell told FAWSL Full-Time. “She’s a top class player and she has done really well for us.
“There’s more to come from her but she has scored lots of goals. I think she has enjoyed the experience here, she likes the club and we are hoping that she signs again.”
This afternoon’s fixture against Arsenal sees Kaagman potentially come up against three of her fellow Dutch internationals in Danielle van de Donk, Jill Roord and Vivianne Miedema. Albion boss Powell believes that being so close to home has helped the Dutch players settle into Barclays FA Women’s Super League life so well, however, she acknowledges that it has been a difficult time for foreign players playing overseas.
“Being close to home helps,” Powell said. “I think before the pandemic, players were able to go home and see family and have family come over here. It is not so far, it is not a great distance.
“I think a lot of foreign players have struggled (during the pandemic) with not being able to go home and our players have been exactly the same but it is credit to those players from the Dutch national side because they are quality players. Clubs will want to spend the money to get them into the club because they add value.”
Kaagman will be hoping to continue her sequence of league starts as Albion again look to take points off a ‘top three’ club at Meadow Park this afternoon.