Women on form: 6 best performers from FA WSL so far
Things are seriously heating up in the FA Women's Super League (WSL). After nine games, just two points separate pacesetters, Manchester City Women and Chelsea Ladies. At the foot, however, not much contest. Still, without a single point, Yeovil Town seem destined for a swift return to the WSL2.
Similar to the Premier League, there's no end of individual talent on show. But some ladies have been a notch above their peers, putting up mastery almost every week they turn up for their sides. Here are six of such.
Isobel Christiansen / Man City
Man City is the huge favourite to dethrone Chelsea. Still unbeaten, Nick Cushing's ladies seemingly derive pleasure wrecking havoc in the final third. They've done so 31 times thus far - averaging a little under four per game.
Most of that goalscoring burden, however, has befallen Isobel Christiansen. More often than not, the 26-year-old pops up to deliver the goods for the Citizens. Be it from the spot, set piece or crafting for her teammates. With eight strikes, she's atop the goalscoring chart.
Claire Emslie / Man City
Another City player on fire this season, Claire Emslie is maturing into a complete offensive beast. At Hibernian and Bristol City, the 23-year-old proved to be a valuable asset in attack. She has transported that form to Academy Stadium.
While Christiansen somehow finds a way to hit the target, Emslie has been her side's creative hub. The Scottish forward has laced six goals aside taking the responsibility herself. No other player in the division has contributed more.
Maren Mjelde / Chelsea
Chelsea may not be the league's most attractive side. Obviously, that tag belongs to City. Nor most talented. But they have displayed an unusual level of discipline and compactness. Particularly in defence. No wonder they've shipped in just four goals.
At the thick of things, however, is Norwegian defender, Maren Mjelde. Standing at 5 ft 5 in, Mjelde is rock-solid, intimidating and monstrous. While not ignoring her primary duty, the 28-year-old has occasionally taken games by the scruff of the neck. She has four goals to her name thus far.
Fran Kirby / Chelsea
While Mjelde takes care of business at the back, Fran Kirby leads the Blues offensive onslaught. Together with Eniola Aluko, they ensure the reigning champions are never short of firepower.
Despite falling a little below Aluko in terms of goals, the 24-year-old has received plaudits for her extraordinary contribution to the team. She was rewarded with December's best player having netted six times including goals against Yeovil and Tottenham and a match-winning hat-trick against Liverpool.
Courtney Sweetman-Kirk / Everton
Sweetman-Kirk made the jump between the two divisions in women’s football this season. The best player WSL2 had to offer in the Spring Series, she was deservingly snapped up by Everton from Doncaster Rovers Belles.
After a brief adjustment period, however, the goals are flowing again with five already including in the recent 2-1 win over Reading. The 27-year-old's superb run of form saw her named November’s WSL 1 Player of the Month.