Tomorrow’s deadline day may be fast approaching but it looks like there may still be a few more incomings in the Women’s Super League.
It has been a busy winter window so far with notable signings Sam Kerr, Izzy Christiansen and Hayley Raso headlining the list.
Clubs in the Women’s Super League have until 5pm tomorrow afternoon to get any deals over the line.
Of course, anything could happen, but here’s a few things to look out for before the window closes.
Caitlin Foord to Arsenal
Negotiations surrounding this deal have been going on for pretty much the entire window and it has developed into a transfer saga. The kind that is quite irregular in the women’s game.
Foord has already said her farewells to her teammates at Sydney FC. She has also posted a message to fans on Twitter.Embed from Getty Images
She claimed that she would be able to announce her new club “very soon.”
It is no surprise that Arsenal boss Joe Montemurro is a fan of Caitlin. Both are of Australian heritage but are yet to work together.
The club seem to be waiting until deadline day to announce a deal. If it does go through, it is likely Foord won’t join up with the Arsenal squad until after Australia’s Olympic qualifiers at the beginning of February.Embed from Getty Images
Following last weekend’s loss to Chelsea, the Gunners are going to need as much depth as possible to get themselves over the line in the title race.
A Shock Signing
The Women’s Super League is never shy of throwing a curveball. Any number of shock deals could get sprung during deadline day.Embed from Getty Images
There is a lot less drip-feeding of information from clubs and agents in the women’s game. This makes it harder for journalists to know what deals are being done before they are completed.
When Chelsea signed Sam Kerr in November, there was little-to-no information as to where she was headed. The Washington Post reported that she would be on her way to Europe but not to Chelsea.
This tweet was posted just hours before Kerr’s transfer to Chelsea was announced.
Real Madrid Women were included on this list even though they don’t exist. They go by CD Tacon. Although, they will go by Real Madrid for the 2020/21 season.
In the crazy world that is women’s football, anything can happen. Don’t be surprised if there are more than one last-minute additions.
Do not expect a world-beating transfer to happen, though. This isn’t like saying Ada Hegerberg is going to join Manchester City or Pernille Harder will sign for United.
Just be wary of surprises that may come.
Relegation-Threatened Teams to Make Last-Ditch Effort
Only three points separate the bottom three teams in the WSL. The difference between survival and relegation could be decided by who these teams bring in on deadline day.
Liverpool and Brighton have both made one signing this winter. They have brought in Rachel Furness and Cecilie Fiskerstrand respectively.
So these two sides could be set for late moves in the transfer market. Both are pretty desperate for attacking depth, especially Liverpool. The Reds have only scored a total of four goals in the WSL this season.Embed from Getty Images
The other two sides down at the bottom — Birmingham City and Bristol City — have both made multiple signings.
The Blues have brought in Emma Kelly from IBV and Georgia Brougham on loan from Everton.
Everton also loaned Elise Hughes to Bristol City, who brought in Faye Bryson, Megan Wynne and Jeon Ga-eul all on the same day last week.Embed from Getty Images
Those two sides will probably be content with the moves that they have made this window, whereas Liverpool and Brighton definitely need to add more to be in a healthier position.
Manchester United Won’t Strengthen Current Roster
If Arsenal bring in Caitlin Foord, Manchester United will be the last team in the league who have not brought in a new signing in the winter window.
Casey Stoney’s side has blown expectations out of the water, sitting in fourth place at the midway point of their maiden WSL season.
This lead to the side not feeling as if it needs any more work or any more pieces. They have everything you could want in an up-and-coming side.Embed from Getty Images
They have young prospects such as Lauren James, who has taken the league by storm this season.
They also have experience. Players such as Abbie McManus and Jackie Groenen give a valuable mentality to the team. They do not desperately need to bring in anyone.