Chelsea, Leicester and Spurs dominate monthly WSL shortlist

Chelsea, Leicester and Tottenham lead the nominations for the Women’s Super League (WSL) monthly award shortlists.

WSL Player of the Month award shortlist

Jess Carter – Chelsea

Image: Chelsea’s Jess Carter has made the shortlist for this month’s WSL Player of the Month award for her offensive and defensive contributions

Chelsea manager Emma Hayes has recently called for more England opportunities for full-back Jess Carter, who has repaid her faith by recording two clean sheets and an assist in February. Carter set up team-mate Guro Reiten with an excellent cross in the 1-0 win over Manchester City and the 24-year-old was arguably even more impressive in defence during the 0-0 draw with London rivals Arsenal.

Ann-Katrin Berger – Chelsea

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Highlights of the Women’s Super League match between Chelsea and Manchester City.

Goalkeeper Ann-Katrin Berger has been in fine form for Chelsea this month, helping her side keep two clean sheets with a host of saves. Her efforts have helped the Blues close the gap on league leaders Arsenal while her save of Jess Park’s shot in Chelsea’s 1-0 victory over Manchester City was crucial.

Ashleigh Plumptre – Leicester

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Highlights of the Women’s Super League match between Birmingham and Leicester.

Leicester centre-back Ashleigh Plumptre has been a key presence for the Foxes in February. Her performance against West Ham saw the side keep a clean sheet, while her early goal helped take Lydia Bedford’s side above Everton in the league table. Plumptre was also impressive against Birmingham as Leicester ran out 2-1 winners.

Jemma Purfield – Leicester

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Highlights of the Women’s Super League match between Leicester and Everton.

Another immense defender for Leicester, a goal, assist and clean sheet capped off a notable month for Jemma Purfield. She scored the winning goal in the Foxes’ 2-1 win against Birmingham in addition to registering an assist in a 3-0 victory over West Ham.

Alisha Lehmann – Aston Villa

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Highlights of the Women’s Super League match between Aston Villa and West Ham.

Despite Aston Villa’s mixed form this month, Alisha Lehmann has been a vital figure for her side. She scored a goal in Villa’s 2-1 loss to West Ham as well as providing an assist in her side’s 2-0 away victory at Everton. Lehmann’s contributions have helped Villa move towards safety and the forward has been a consistent threat on the right wing this month.

Ashleigh Neville – Tottenham

Image: Tottenham Hotspur’s Ashleigh Neville’s (centre) contributions to her side have seen her nominated for this month’s WSL Player of the Month award

Full-back Ashleigh Neville has been a difference-maker for Tottenham this month. She scored and provided an assist against Brighton as her side ran out 4-0 winners. Neville’s influence continued against Birmingham as she scored again and proved to be the catalyst for Spurs’ second goal of the game in the 2-0 win.

WSL Manager of the Month award shortlist

Emma Hayes – Chelsea

Image: Emma Hayes’ Chelsea side kept two clean sheets against Manchester City and Arsenal

February was a challenging month for Emma Hayes’ Chelsea, who earned four points from a potential six against Manchester City and league leaders Arsenal. Hayes will be proud of her squad’s defensive efforts as Chelsea successfully kept clean sheets against two of the most potent attacking sides in the WSL.

Lydia Bedford – Leicester

Image: Leicester boss Lydia Bedford has overseen her side’s ascent from the relegation zone with two wins in February

Leicester boss Lydia Bedford has inspired an upturn in form for the Foxes in 2022 and two wins this month have moved her team out of the relegation zone. Leicester’s 2-1 victory away at Birmingham was an important one and the following 3-0 win over West Ham exemplified the confidence of Bedford’s side.

Rehanne Skinner – Tottenham

Image: Rehanne Skinner’s Tottenham have won twice this month

Rehanne Skinner’s Tottenham have closed the gap in the WSL title race with a perfect month – they won both of their matches and scored six goals without conceding. Under Skinner, Tottenham have already surpassed their greatest points tally this season and their consistent performances have placed pressure on the teams around them.

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