Young Lionesses make Everton switch
Andy Spence has strengthened his attacking options further this window after bringing Chelsea’s Rosella Ayane and Arsenal’s Chloe Kelly to Widnes. Spence already added to his options earlier this Summer, signing Krystle Johnston from Sunderland.
Ayane spent the first-half of the season on loan at Bristol City where she impressed for the Vixens scoring four in eight appearances, most notably netting a brace in the first game of the WSL2 season against Yeovil. When her [short-term] loan period came to an end in May, Willie Kirk opted to let her return to her parent club but commended her abilities and thanked her for her service.
With the Chelsea squad almost bursting at the scenes with established talent, manager Emma Hayes was more than willing to let Ayane back out on loan to further her development which is when Spence snapper her up. Those familiar with the England U19 squad may also recognise her from her time spent with the Young Lionesses.
Spence also brought young Gunner, Chloe Kelly to the Select Security Stadium. Kelly signed her first senior contract with the London club earlier this year after coming through the Arsenal Centre of Excellence. The attacker got her career off to a dream start after scoring just over twenty minutes into her debut last year – in Continental Tyres Cup group game against the London Bees – but has struggled to break into the first team. With so many attacking options at Pedro Martinez Losa’s disposal this season it’s of little surprise that Kelly has failed to make an impact in the squad, she’s been limited to one appearance off of the bench.
Spence has insured there’s plenty of competition for starting spots, the Blue Girls already with plenty of depth in midfield and attack as his side push for promotion to WSL1. The signings come just four days after Everton fell to their first league defeat of the year, a shock result to strugglers, Watford.