Man City: Young players fueling WSL title charge

Jess Park of Manchester City
Jess Park of Manchester City during the FA Women's Continental Tyres League Cup semifinal against Chelsea in March 2024. (Photo by Matt McNulty/Getty Images)

As Manchester City push to claim the Women’s Super League title for the first time since 2016, several young players have been key in their pursuit of the title.

While the Sky Blues boast a squad littered with seasoned internationals, Gareth Taylor’s side also features some of the most promising future talents in the league. Who are the young players pushing Man City towards the title?

Khiara Keating

Khiara Keating has catapulted her name onto the global stage. Many fans were concerned that the young goalkeeper would struggle to handle the pressure of the top flight. However, after spending much of last season on the bench, the 19-year-old has proven herself as one of the stand-out goalkeepers in the WSL.

Keating has been fundamental in City’s pursuit of the title by conceding just 12 league goals in 18 appearances. Receiving her first England senior call-up, Keating is attracting attention from across the footballing world.

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Mary Fowler

Moving to Manchester from Montpellier in 2022, Mary Fowler was regarded as one of the most exciting young talents in the women’s game at the time. After a relatively quiet first season, the forward has found her stride throughout the 2023/24 campaign.

With a goal and five assists in the league this season, the No.8 has played a vital role in City’s attacking play throughout the season. Stepping up after Jill Roord’s ACL injury, the 21-year-old has become a regular starter for the Sky Blues.

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Jess Park

Jess Park has been lauded as an emerging talent at City for several seasons. A loan spell with Everton saw the youngster develop her game. Her return to Manchester marked a turning point in the 22-year-old’s career as she became a regular starter.

Nine goal involvements in 15 league games have made Park one of City’s key attacking stars. Despite England having a wealth of experience up front, she has earned a regular spot in England’s recent call-ups.

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