48. Jill Scott
For a player who says she doesn’t score a lot of goals, Manchester City midfielder Jill Scott seems to pop up with some important ones.
Scott scored the winner for City at Reading in the Spring Series, before rounding off the scoring with a classy finish in the FA Cup final at Wembley in May.
The 30-year-old was a key part of England’s midfield at Euro 2017 and her absence was felt when she was suspended for the 3-0 semi-final defeat against hosts Netherlands.
Scott has been in top form again for City since the season started again in September, helping her team to 14 wins out of 14 going into the winter break.
Nick Cushing, Manchester City manager says:
“One thing that Jill has given us here is a real stability in the way she plays, she’s a nine out of ten every game. Games she perceives as poor games for her are still good games for me, she’s really invested herself in the tactical side of the game with us. She would say that technically she can be better and could score more goals, if she scored more goals she’d be a world class midfielder.
“We’ve signed her to a new contract and she has a real physicality that can be unplayable, now we’ve got to push her to that next level.”
Lucy Ward, former footballer and current BBC Sport pundit says:
“Jill is the driving force in the English game, box to box athletic midfielder who thrives on the physical aspect of the game. Along with this she is technically good and has the ability to affect both boxes. Most midfield players only affect one penalty box but Jill does both, scores goals and defends well. There are not many players in world women’s football with the physical capabilities of Jill Scott.”
Mick Mulhern, Scott’s former manager at Sunderland says:
“Jill literally was head and shoulders above everyone throughout junior football. She was the best player on the pitch in her age group throughout junior football, and it was difficult to determine her best position. Jill would literally get the ball from defence and beat everyone to either score or provide an assist for a team mate. Her step up to senior football was equally as smooth.
“I saw her as a central midfielder but I chose to initially help her develop on the right hand side (as she made her debut as a 14 year old). Jill toughened up quickly and It wasn’t long before she made a central midfield position her own and she just literally took off from there. At times Jill is unplayable. Her height and leg length makes it difficult for opponents to get near her as she just claws the ball back. Jill has a great touch on the ball and always seems to take the best option for the team. She has a goal in her and my only criticism (she knows as I’ve told her often enough) is she doesn’t shoot often enough for a player of her ability, however Jill is certainly one of the best midfielders in world football in my opinion.”