94. Karen Carney

One of the most understated players in world football, Karen Carney appears to have taken her game to yet another level since joining Emma Hayes at Chelsea.

Carney is already one of the top scorers in the league this season, impressive given Hayes’s rotation options and Carney’s role as a provider to the likes of Ramona Bachmann and Fran Kirby.

The only surprise of Carney’s year was her lack of goals for the England national team, but the creative midfielder didn’t always find herself with a regular starting spot under Mark Sampson.

A quiet Euro’s didn’t dampen her spirits though, Carney was back at her very best when the FA WSL season kicked off, setting up three of Chelsea’s six goals against Bristol City on the opening day of the season.

Rachel Brown, former England international says:

“We all know Karen is essential on the pitch, she’s started this season fantastically well for Chelsea. She’s got the quickest feet you’ve ever seen, her balance and her strength for her size are unparalleled, and that’s why she has over 100 caps for England.

“Perhaps onlookers don’t see the fine detail and the craft that she brings, she moved to Chelsea who had so many other attackers, but she’s been one of the go to players for Emma Hayes. She used to play wide right or wide left for England, she’s developed now into that No.10 position and I think her skills are now more refined and crafted. Her touch and her interchange are more subtle skills and her game understanding has developed so much over the last ten years.”

 

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