Big Changes for Tottenham Hotspur Women
Just one day after the new kit launch out came the update that 11 players were not going to be coming back to N17.
Several of the names are likely surprising to some. Alanna Kennedy was a big pick-up from the Orlando Pride and was kind of the Pierre Højbjerg of the women’s team adding power and polish.
Rianna Dean was a major player in the squad being promoted to the Women’s Super League, hitting double figures with 10 goals for the club.
Others like Siri Worm and Gemma Davison were huge fan favorites for their play and pride. And of course, Lucy Quinn has the distinct privilege of having scored in both her first and last games for the club. These are all women that will be missed and some, like Kennedy, in major ways.
Tottenham Hotspur Women can still field a team
The good news is the season does not start for several months and there are still a dozen senior players under contract at the club. This includes new club captain Shelina Zadorsky, as well as old team captain Josie Green, and several other standouts from this season.
The Spurs women are building something too
Although losing that many players may seem odd and clearly some new women will have to come in, this was also intentional as it clears the path for the Female Talent Pathway program the team has been building.
Long story short, the club has built and is seeding a formal academy for the women’s team, replete with programs across five age groups between the grassroots level and the first team.
Days before the announcement about the players and days before the kit launch, Esther Morgan was essentially the first woman to go through the pathway to earn a contract. The program launched for the 2020-21 season.
Ultimately, having the academy is great, and seeing women succeed through it is fantastic.
However, like the men’s team, the women’s team needs to bring in some new blood to fill out the roster.
Although, unlike the men’s team they are not going to have to wait on either a coach or a bunch of outgoing transfers first. In fact, the women had a new coach within 24 hours of sacking the prior co-head coaches.
The Tottenham Hotspur Women’s team is clearly making moves and has a plan. What do you all think of it?