Beth Mead: A look back at her journey

Beth Mead vs Austria
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JULY 06: Beth Mead of England scores the first goal past Manuela Zinsberger of Austria during the UEFA Women's Euro England 2022 group A match between England and Austria at Old Trafford on July 06, 2022 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
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Following Wednesday’s 1-0 win over Austria, Mead has now scored 15 goals and assisted 10 in Sarina Wiegman’s tenor. Scoring the only goal in this match could illustrate the start of what is likely to be a tremendous tournament for Mead.

During the 5-1 win against the Netherlands, Mead scored twice to break the record previously held by Jimmy Greaves for the most international goals scored in a season. After all this recent success, it is only right to take a trip down memory lane and see how Mead’s career developed.

Beth Mead: Sunderland

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Mead joined Sunderland in 2011 at the age of 16 and remained there until 2017. In her first season at the club, she scored 23 goals in as many games and this incredible form continued until 2014. Here, Mead provided a helping hand in getting Sunderland promoted to the WSL by scoring an impressive 30 goals.

These performances became the norm for Mead and led to Mead becoming the top goal-scorer after a hattrick against league leaders Chelsea.

Beth Mead: Arsenal

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This illustrious form earned Mead her move to Arsenal in 2017.

When Mead joined Arsenal, she was unable to play as a striker where she had played all her life. Instead, Mead played as a winger to accommodate the WSL all-time leading scorer Vivianne Miedema.

This positional change boosted Mead’s career and allowed her to create 72 chances in the 21/22 season which was 24 more than any other player, awarding her Arsenal player of the season.

Beth Mead: International

Mead is no stranger to representing her country and has done so at every level since under-15s.

She made her debut in 2018 against Wales as a substitute. And, her first start came against Kazakhstan where she scored two goals.

In the summer of 2021, Mead was left out of the Olympic squad by Riise. This left her angry and bewildered at this omission. She set out to prove the critics wrong and Mead certainly did so when scoring a 14-minute hat-trick off the bench against Northern Ireland at Wembley.

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Let’s hope this form can continue throughout the Euros and make it a successful summer for England.

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