As a follow-up to my post in November https://mywomensfootball.wordpress.com/2013/11/06/the-silly-season-starts-now/, let’s have a look at what happened in the last month and a half. The teams are ranked from the most active to the least.
Manchester City started to bring in plenty of signings as the squad they had in the Women Premier League National Division would not have been probably good enough to compete at the top of the WSL1. They have signed 4 England internationals and expect a couple more to come soon. Overall they have made 5 signings so far : 1 goalkeeper Karen Bardsley, 2 defenders Stephanie Houghton and Stephanie Marsh, 1 midfield Jill Scott and 1 forward Toni Duggan.
Champions Liverpool have rebuild last season and now are bringing a couple of quality players to complement their squad. Versatile player Martha Harris has been signed to cover the full back positions as she can play on both wings. Gemma Davison has been signed from Arsenal probably to replace Louise Fors. Goalkeepers also need to be signed as Quantrill and Laws have now left.
Chelsea have signed Birmingham duo Rachel Williams and Laura Bassett, had a few players on loan/trial at the Mobcast Cup, Allie Long, Meaghan Sargeant, Emma Wilhelmsson and 2 Japanese players Aya Noguchi and Mai Konno. More signing are expected soon including Korean player Ji So-Yun from INAC Kobe who beat Chelsea in the Mobcast cup final.
Notts County are rebuilding with a lot of players gone (8), they have made a big signing in prising Ellen White from Arsenal and surely will add a lot more to the squad that performed well below expectations last season.
Arsenal have signed Siobhan Chamberlain but lost 5 players so far and probably a couple more are on their way out. Many players are expected to come from Scotland, Danemark, Holland, and Japan. The big question is how quick the team will gel ? Liverpool did not take long last year as they were training daily.
Everton have also signed 1 player Abby Pope from SC Albion and managed to re-sign 16 players from last season having lost Jill Scott and Toni Duggan to Man City.
Birmingham have signed no one so far, also word is going round that a midfielder has already been signed. Williams and Bassett departed after running their contracts out.
Bristol have lost Mark Sampson and Siobhan Chamberlain and signed no one so far. They might loose a few more players in the future.
Overall, the next 3 months will be interesting before the transfer window close and we should expect a lot of signings from abroad and between WSL 1 and WSL 2 teams with a few girls signed from the Women Premier League as well.