Daly’s Domination: Will Aston Villa be able to keep their Champions League spot?
Two games and six points later, Carla Ward’s side have shown real promise for the season, in which European Champion Rachel Daly has become a crucial new signing for the Villans.
A 4-3 win against Manchester City in their opening game set the tone for the following week's 2-0 victory over Leicester.
Daly’s 3 goals, 1 assist and 178 minutes on the pitch has shown her to be a real threat against oppositions moving forwards. Alisha Lehmann, Kenza Dali and Emily Gielnik have all found themselves on the scoresheet, in which Lehmann and Dali started both games too.
Compared to last season's 9th spot finish, fans are amazed at the improvement in the early stages of the Women’s Super League 2022/23 season.
Last season’s runners-up Arsenal hold the current top spot, with Manchester United just stealing the position above Villa due to goal difference, which has left spectators wondering if Villa could climb higher up with more goals?
For Emma Hayes’ current WSL Champions, this season has almost done the reverse of Villa’s, as Chelsea are in fourth. A disappointing loss against promoted side Liverpool has left the Blues in an unfamiliar position.
American footballer Katie Stengel, who arrived at the Reds midway through last season to help secure them the promotion to the WSL, found the net twice in the victory over Chelsea.
Within a few weeks the league structure could drastically change, with Villa facing the likes of Chelsea, so all is still to play for.