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Who will Ruesha Littlejohn play for next season?

After showing her qualities for the Republic of Ireland this summer surely a club will come in for her soon.

The 33-year-old only played 8 times for Aston Villa last season due to getting many injuries, so her game time was limited but throughout her World Cup campaign you can see she still has it to play at a high level if she can stay injury free.

Littlejohn has played for many clubs in her professional career which include Glasgow City, West Ham United and Leicester City. The Hammers are looking for a midfielder after losing West Ham legend Kate Longhurst and Amalie Thestrup, so they may be looking to bring in another experienced midfielder this summer.

The Republic of Ireland international started in all 3 games in their first World Cup and playing a total of 265 minutes. Due to her injuries this season, Littlejohn only played 156 minutes for the Villans, which shows how well she had kept her fitness levels going into the World Cup, as in only 2 games she already played more minutes. In the recent game against Nigeria, Littlejohn managed to cover 10.38km throughout the 90 minutes, which was the second highest for Ireland with Sinead Farrelly leading by covering 11.27km.

The midfielder also managed against Nigeria a high of 89.6% pass completion rate, by completing 61 passes throughout the 90 minutes. Littlejohn mainly plays a more defensive role for both club and country which allows her to make many tackles and interceptions, which she showed her defensive class very well against all Australia, Canada and Nigeria.

The midfielder has played over 220 games professionally with 46 of them coming in the WSL. Her most successful time was when she was at Glasgow City between 2007-2009 where she played 43 times and scored 53 times. Whilst playing over 220 games in her domestic career she has also played over 70 times for her nation since 2012 when she made her debut and scored 6 goals.

For a player that continuously covers ever blade of grass for her team, surely many clubs want to see her in their colours next season.

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