34: Nadia Nadim
It has been a chalk and cheese year for Nadim, whose form for Denmark keeps her in a good position. She joined Manchester City in January and started with plenty of promise, scoring minutes into her debut and following that with the winner against Chelsea in the WSL Cup semi-final. But a transfer request and struggle for form have been the unhappy backdrop of a slow start to 2018-19 in which Nadim has failed to score a WSL goal. Seven goals for Denmark – including a play-off strike against the Netherlands – have rescued her year.
Nick Cushing, Manchester City manager:
“I think Nadia’s best attribute is her personality in the sense that’s she’s very bubbly and she loves football and just wants to play. She’s an offensive player, an attacker, and that shows in the way she plays, she just wants to get the ball down and run at people and she loves scoring goals. Her skill level is really high and she can score, but her enthusiasm and her personality really gives her that real edge being an attacker.”
Lars Sondegaard, Denmark head coach:
“A great personality with a special background. A bit of a street-footballer with top technical skills, especially dribbling and heading. At club level for Man City she had, after a promising start, a rather disappointing season. At national team level she scored a number of goals for us.”