Women’s football in England has grown rapidly over the past few years and the influx of Australian players and coaches has increased its profile and interest levels here.
Everton had some highlights in the 2019/2020 season, a 1-0 win over local rivals Liverpool in front of 23,000 spectators being the most notable, but the loss of their star striker Chloe Kelly might see them struggle in mid table again unless a certain fast, fearless Australian can thrive in her place.
Hayley Raso, is one of Australia’s most dangerous and popular players. She is the type of attacker that excites fans as soon as she gets the ball and her ability to put a team on the back foot regardless of the momentum of the match will be vital for an Everton team that can find itself without the majority of possession.
Toffee’s manager, Willie Kirk is a long time admirer of Raso and considers her to be “a great asset to the club,” he will be hoping that she can link up with new Danish striker Nicoline Sorensen who signed from Brondby in July.
Everton finished in sixth place out of 12 teams and that is reflected by their goal difference of zero, having conceded and scored 21 goals, even a slight improvement at either end of the ground will improve their position as they did not suffer any blowout defeats last season ad never lost by more than two goals.
Everton are not likely to attract many neutral fans on their style of play or results, but Raso has been admired wherever she has played and her new club should be no exception.