There is a lot more belief that this year could be a good one for West Ham Women. Even after our two expected losses against Chelsea and Tottenham, the signings we have brought in and the way we have played football there is a lot more hope and quality in the side.
Even though we did lose both these games, we managed to play the football that Rehanne Skinner has been asking out of her team. If we can just find a way to stop giving away silly goals, there is no reason that we can’t keep pushing up the league.
On the positive side we have used the January transfer window to the best we can so far by signing three quality international players with the American Kristie Mewis, the Australian Katrina Gorry and the Canadian Shelina Zadorsky all joining. The two midfielders we have signed (Gorry and Mewis) are very experienced, which is what we really need right now.
Gorry has played over 250 league games which includes the Australian league, Canadian league and the Swedish league whilst playing another 105 games for her country. Her main attributes are being able to pick the ball up from the defence and skilfully run through to play attackers through on goal.
This season we haven’t had a player that is willing to carry the ball forward, so Gorry will fit right in and hope to be the difference. For the American, she has played over 250 games in the NWSL, primarily for Houston Dash. The 32-year-old has won the NWSL with Gotham United in her last season in America.
The midfielder has also played over 100 games for her country. For West Ham, I believe she will be used centrally with Gorry to help keep possession, but she will be used more to join the attack due to her shooting ability. Between both new signings, they will help the Hammers throughout their matches. They should be able to keep more possession going forward, which should bring them more clear chances in goal.
Skinner has also signed a centre back in Zadorsky that she knows well from her time at rivals, Tottenham Hotspur. The 31-year-old has played over 50 games in the WSL, whilst also having played many games out in America and Australia.
Due to us collecting so many injuries, it was a must that a centre back was welcomed into the squad, and Zadorsky brings great aerial ability which they need due to how many set pieces they have conceded so far but also her calmness in possession which going forward you can tell by all the signings Skinner wants her side keeping more possession. In February we will only play two matches, home to Arsenal and away to Everton.
The team will need the home fans supporting them the best they can when they face the Gunners on the 4th as this will not be an easy game for us and not a fixture, we have gathered many points in. On the other hand, our fixture against Everton is a must win tie. We currently sit 11th whilst they sit 9th and haven’t won in their last two league games.
With our added recruitment and many players returning for injury, including Mackenzie Arnold and Viviane Asseyi, I can see us getting the three points here and kicking on up the table from then on.