76. Elise Kellond-Knight
One of the most influential midfielders in the Frauen Bundesliga in Germany, Kellond-Knight is in the peak years of her career and thriving for both Turbine Potsdam and Australia.
The engine room in the Matildas midfield, Kellond-Knight has adapted her game to both the attacking and defensive aspects of the game and her form has been a key part of Australia’s rise in 2017.
Kellond-Knight was part of the Australia team that won the inaugural Tournament of Nations and a Turbine Potsdam side that came within minutes of a Champions League spot.
Alen Stajcic, Australia national team head coach says:
“Elise has probably been one of the key players in our team whilst I’ve been coach. She’s been a key player at Turbine Potsdam too and she’s a great holding midfielder. She’s an exceptional player, she’s got a quick vision, really good distribution and a great left foot.”
Lydia Williams, Australia team mate says:
“Elise has become one of the smartest players in the game. Calm and patient on the ball and making sure her priority is to make numbers when we may be overloaded or need an option to start the attack. She also has a wicked left foot.
Chloe Logarzo, Australia team mate says:
“Elise has been a solid player in our team for the past few years, but her role in the team has gone beyond just in the field and she is such a good example of hard work and professionalism and a key diverse player.”
Kathryn Gill, former Australia international says:
“Consistent, technically sound player, with a fantastic left foot. Reads the play and is able to remain one step ahead. Delivery from set pieces and range of passing is second to none. Fantastic athlete that works tirelessly covering ground, makes good decisions as to when to play simple, keep possession/circulate the ball or to look for a quick option forward.”