Manchester City loanee Esme Morgan has lauded Everton teammate Chloe Kelly for her performances this season.
The 19-year-old, who will return to parent club Man City ahead of next season, has heaped praise on the Blues’ rising star. Morgan has also admitted that the Everton forward is the reason she has developed so much during her loan spell (via Liverpool ECHO).
Unfortunately for women’s football fans, the Women’s Super League (England’s highest female tier) was called to an early finish. Chelsea have been crowned league champions and two-time WSL winners Liverpool have been relegated.
For Everton, this season has been a learning curve under Willie Kirk, who is looking to develop his team. Kelly in particular has stood out this campaign, scoring nine league goals in 12 appearances and finishing fourth in the table of top goal-scorers (via BBC Sport).
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As a result of the 22-year-old’s performances in front of goal, Morgan has a lot to say about her influence.
“Chloe has went from being a player that teams are worried about but now she is getting two or three players doubling up against her just to try and keep her quiet,” the Man City loanee said. “I think that’s testament for how well she has played and she has scored some incredible goals which have helped us win a lot of points.”
Morgan’s loan spell seems to have been an effective one, learning from the rapidly improving Kelly. The striker was called up to represent the Lionesses this Spring during the SheBelieves Cup, a decision which she said left her ‘speechless’.
Kelly will no doubt be one of the first names on Everton’s team-sheet next season as they look to build on their sixth place finish this term. The recent addition of established England international Izzy Christiansen will mean Kelly has increased creativity behind her and potentially more chances to bang in some goals.
“The sky’s the limit for Chloe because she is such a talented player and it is tough coming up against her in training everyday but I feel like that is one of the reasons I’ve developed, learning to deal with her.”
Kelly’s influence on young players like Morgan will only continue to bode well for her both domestically and on the international stage as her career continues to blossom.
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