We take an in-depth look at Reading FC Women's opponents Tottenham Hotspur Women ahead of our league clash at The Hive on Saturday
A headline transfer
With such an influx of international stars arriving to compete in this season’s WSL, Tottenham can boast one of the most high-profile signings with the two times World Cup winner Alex Morgan joining the club on a one-year deal. The 31-year old has netted 107 goals for the USA in 169 appearances. However, Morgan has yet to make her Tottenham debut. After giving birth to her daughter in May she has recently injured her ankle as she bids to regain full match fitness. Two of her colleagues from Orlando Pride have also penned short term deals – Australian defender / midfielder Alanna Kennedy, and Canadian defender Shelina Zadorsky. Meanwhile defender Kerys Harrop and forward Rachel Williams have both made the much shorter move – from WSL club Birmingham City. Another new recruit is Norwegian keeper Aurora Mikalsen who spent last season with Manchester United.
Tottenham’s start in the WSL
Tottenham go into Saturday’s fixture with a solitary point from their first five league outings. They kicked off the season with a 1-1 home draw against fellow Londoners West Ham, but four straight league defeats have followed leaving them in 9th place in the table. Admittedly they have had difficult fixtures and three of the defeats were on their travels. After a 1-0 loss at much improved Everton, they were well beaten 4-1 at Manchester City. After losing 1-0 at home to Manchester United, the final defeat was a hard one to take – a 6-1 affair at the hands of their North London rivals Arsenal. Some relief was found in the Continental Cup, beating Championship side London City Lionesses 4-0 in the first batch of group matches. Last Tuesday, however, they lost 2-0 at Chelsea in the second round of matches in Group B to.
2019/20 was Tottenham’s first in the topflight and they finished a creditable 7th with six wins and two draws from their 15 completed fixtures. The one league meeting with the Royals was at Adams Park in mid-December. After a goalless first period Dutch international Siri Worm fired the visitors ahead from long range. This sparked Reading into life – with less than 15 minutes remaining Jo Potter equalised and late strikes from Remi Allen and Amalie Eikeland secured a 3-1 home victory. The sides did also meet in September at The Hive Stadium in the first round of group matches in the League Cup. A fine all-round team performance saw the Royals return with an impressive 4-0 victory. Brooke Chaplen scored twice with the other goals coming from Millie Farrow and an own goal by Spurs’ Ashleigh Neville.