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The FA Women’s Super League (WSL) 2020-21 Season: Transfers and Signings

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The FA Women’s Super League (WSL) kicked off on September 5th with much fanfare among its followers. The WSL is set to become more competitive than before with new signings across the top teams this season.

The changes in qualification regulations for the UEFA Women’s Champions League (UWCL) could have been the motivation for the transfer market moves. From the 2020-21 season, teams which finish in the top 3 of the WSL will get a shot at qualifying for the knockout rounds of the UWCL. Until the current season, only the winners of the WSL would qualify for the UWCL. The change in regulation has resulted in top teams making a statement in the transfer market.

Arsenal Women FC

The club has enlisted three defenders to their ranks in Noëlle Maritz, Steph Catley and Lotte Wubben-Moy. Goalkeeper Lydia Williams has signed for the club as well. The increase in numbers for the team in defense would allow for player rotation and fresher legs deep into the season.

Chelsea Women FC

Pernille Harder Chelsea Signings
(Image Source: Twitter Chelsea FC Women) Pernille Harder

Arsenal’s London rivals Chelsea Women FC have signed forward Pernille Harder from Wolfsburg. The 2017-18 season UEFA Women’s Player of the Year will add to an already very strong forward line. The Blues have also roped in Jessie Fleming. The 2016 Olympic bronze medalist will add depth in the midfield. Melanie Leupolz, captain of Bayern Munich, will now ply her trade in the Chelsea midfield as well.

Manchester City Women FC

Manchester City Women FC missed out on the 2019-20 WSL title by a whisker. Chelsea won the title on a points per game basis due to the interruption caused by the pandemic. The club has made some high profile signings to go all the way this WSL season. Rose Lavelle and Sam Mewis, midfielders who have represented the United States Women’s National Team (USWNT), have been added to the roster by Manchester City. The club has provided due support to Gareth Taylor in his first season at the club. The squad will also see the addition of full backs Lucy Bronze and Alex Greenwood from Lyon. The seasoned full back pairing can make an instant impact on the pitch having played in the WSL before. Everton forward Chloe Kelly made the switch to Manchester City as well, adding to the team’s forward line.

Alex Greenwood
(Image Source: Twitter) Alex Greenwood

Other Notable Signings

That concludes it for the top 3 teams of the WSL. But the team which finished as the best of the rest, Manchester United Women FC, will be looking to get into the UWCL qualification spots. The team has signed 2 time Women’s World Cup winners Christen Press and Tobin Heath. The new signings will look to improve the goal scoring for Manchester United, from the forward and midfield positions respectively.

Despite some very popular names mentioned above, Tottenham Hotspurs FC Women have made the biggest signing yet. The club has managed to secure the services of 2 time Women’s World Cup winner Alex Morgan. Defenders Alanna Kennedy and Shelina Zadorsky of the Orlando Pride have also joined the club on loan deals. Can Spurs become a side to threaten the top 3 dominance with these additions, we can only wait and see.

All said and done, the increased competition is spread across only the top sides in the league (barring Spurs who finished 7th). While the new signings are a welcome sign for the WSL, it would also increase the gap between teams at the two ends of the table. Yet, one can look forward to some hard fought games between the top 3 sides, and even hand an outside chance to the Manchester United Women of finishing in the top 3.

Also Read: WSL Matchweek 1 Roundup: Chelsea held by Man United while Arsenal off the mark with six

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