96. Nikita Parris
Ever since her days at Everton playing under Mo Marley, Nikita Parris has had the talent but often failed to utilise it on a consistent basis.
In 2017, Parris starred in the Spring Series for Manchester City, building on a 2016 where she made her England debut and became a regular Lioness under former head coach Mark Sampson.
The flying 23-year-old winger had to be content with a squad role at the European Championships, but took her chance when she started against Portugal, scoring the winner in the final group game.
The only thing left for Parris is to add more regular goals to her name, and Parris already has three this season as Nick Cushing’s side lead the FA Women’s Super League going into the winter break.
Should Parris continue to grow as a player next year, she’ll be much further up than 96th.
Nick Cushing, Manchester City Women manager says:
“Nikita is somebody who when we brought her in we knew she had the real raw talent to be a real attacking threat, almost the exciting player the fans want to come to watch. We all love the dribblers and the dynamic, decisive attackers, and developing Nikita over the last few years and really pushing her has been great.
“At Everton, she was a striker who played on the counter attack, but here she’s on the offensive as a winger. Nikita is one of those players who plays better when she’s angry, when she gets the bit between her teeth and she can run at people, she will create a lot and she’s created a lot for us. We pushed her earlier this season to start creating more goals and to chip in with more goals, she’s creating more and she’s started to chip in more, particularly in the Champions League.”
Lucy Ward, former England international and TV pundit says:
“Nikita is quick, on the front foot and effective in the final third. She has a low centre of gravity with excellent feet which means she is great in tight situations. On top of this her main threat is her goal threat, plus the fact that she has good ability crossing the ball into the box. Nikita has passed every test set her in football so far and has made each step up with aplomb. She’s also keen to learn from others which is an excellent trait to have.”