Last year the West Ham Women reached the semi final of the League Cup and got new directors who have put more money to the women’s side. We also finished the last campaign of the Women’s Super League season in 8th position and it was the first season since being in the top flight that we weren’t in a relegation battle.
But things haven’t looked as promising at the latter half of last year. We’ve not started as well in the new season and we currently sit 11th on five points after playing 10 games and have only scored eight goals whilst conceding 21. We have, however, signed American star Kristie Mewis from Gotham FC who have just won the National Women’s Soccer League.
The midfielder played 31 games in their title-winning campaign. Mewis was also their set piece taker, which will be beneficial to us after losing Dagny Brynjarsdottir who used to take all our penalties, corners and free kicks. Rehanne Skinner has made it clear that she wants to bring in more experience to our young squad, which she has done so here.
Skinner has also signed ex Tottenham Hotspur defender Shelina Zadorsky on loan to the end of the season who she used to coach and knows very well. With the amount of goals we have conceded and defensive injuries, it is a must that we look to change up our defence before the restart.
With the transfer window closing at the end of January, I wouldn’t be surprised if we signed a few more players to help us stay out of the relegation battle. Our first game back after the winter break will be when we face Chelsea in the FA Cup fourth round at Kingsmeadow.
But our first Women’s Super League game is at home to our rivals Tottenham Hotspur who have started off the season very well and are expected to have club captain Bethany England back. I would have liked to have had an easier start due to our bad form before the winter break but if we go in with a renewed belief, I can see us coming out with at least one win in these two games.
Going into these two games, if we can keep our attack force of Vivianne Asseyi, Riko Ueki and Lisa Evans and now add Mewis to it, I can’t see why we don’t come away in a positive position after these two games. If we can also do well in the FA Cup, it will make our bad season turn into a good one and give the fans something to properly cheer about especially if we stay away from the relegation battle.
Our goals for the remaining games this season will be to keep pushing up the league and try to get as high as we can. But with a lot of our injuries and potential new signings coming in, I believe we could have a good FA Cup run and allow ourselves to finish the season on a more positive note.
The hardest part about the FA Cup is our first game is against last year’s winners Chelsea, who also sit top of the Women’s Super League but we have beaten them before and the fact we don’t have as much to go for I believe Skinner will play our best lineup. I’m confident both Mewis and Zadorsky will both start.
I believe Skinner is the right person to take us forward, so, if we keep on bringing in players that suit her model and we keep trusting her, I see us progressing well. I am sure we are set for a good 2024.