It is always good news to see an English player who went to play professional football in the WPS back in England. Especially when the girls who was a rough diamond at the time she left has come back as a polished diamond and much improved technically ( cone slalom anyone).
So what will she bring to the Blues attack? First an extensive experience of the highest level and an unbelieveable pace that will unsettle every defence in England and in Europe in the Champions League. There won’t be many center back who will relish a race battle against her.
The big question is how she will affect the Blues football style ? It is obvious that her game is naturally efficient with space in front of her. She can outsprint anyone bar Rachel Williams and take on defenders in one on one at will.
So will Birmingham play a direct football towards the 2 arrows that Williams and Aluko are ? It would make sense to use the long ball up top behind the opposition defense. If we remember last WSL season, Birmingham started a bit like a ball possession team and in the second half of the season evolved into a team using direct football towards Rachel Williams.
So my guess is a very solid defensive block with a low position on the pitch and 2 forwards ready to run at every counter attack opportunity. A forward trio of Aluko, Taylor and Williams will certainly create havoc against defence with slow defenders. The only downside of it will be predictability…