54: Lia Walti

Given her undoubted quality it seems strange that this is Wälti’s first appearance in the top 100, but her role in Arsenal’s return to the top of the WSL may well have played a part. After a solid end to the 2017-18 season with Turbine Potsdam, Joe Montemurro brought her to London and she has played a vital role both controlling games and protecting her defence. She will be disappointed to miss the World Cup with Switzerland but it is no slight on her own personal year.

Joe Montemurro, Arsenal manager:

“Lia has become the heartbeat of the Arsenal team since joining us in the summer. She’s brilliant in the build-up and construction of attacking moves but also adds a huge amount of defensive balance to our team.”

 

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