Transfer activity from WSL clubs in January

The Women’s Super League transfer window closed on Thursday night, with Manchester United fans exuberant after their squad’s dramatic and late addition of three international players, while several other clubs were disappointed after failing to sign anyone on the day of the deadline, or even across the board. the window.

Here, Telegraph Sport assesses each club’s activities – or lack thereof – and picks the winners and losers from an intriguing month off the pitch.


League ranking: 1st

Players in: Stina Blackstenius (forward, free transfer from BK Hacken), Laura Wienroither (defender, undisclosed fee from Hoffenheim), Rafaelle Souza (defender, signed from Changchun Zhuoyue)

Absent players: Viktoria Schnaderbeck (defender, loaned to Tottenham), Anna Patten (defender, loaned to Aston Villa), Natalia Negri (keeper, double registration with Charlton), Halle Houssein (midfielder, double registration with West Ham), Teyah Goldie (striker , double registration with Watford), Daisy Ackerman (winger, loan to Bridgwater United)

Classification of Telegraph Sport windows: 4.5/5

Arsenal were delighted to overtake some of their rivals to sign Swedish striker Stina Blackstenius, who was arguably the best out-of-contract player in the world this winter. She gives the north Londoners another clinical option up front and – perhaps just as crucially – by signing her they have prevented her from strengthening Manchester United or Tottenham, who have also reportedly tried to sign her.

The shrewd acquisition of experienced Brazilian centre-back Rafaelle Souza is a huge boost for their backline and she has been impressive in her two performances for Arsenal so far, and Austria’s Laura Wienroither also played well in Thursday’s win over Brighton.

Arsenal have a lot of work ahead of them in trying to persuade star striker Vivianne Miedema to sign a new deal rather than leave on a free transfer this summer – with PSG and Barcelona both hoping to sign the Dutch striker – but the Jonas Eidevall has been given a boost by being able to secure a new contract for England centre-back Leah Williamson this month, another fan favourite.


League ranking: 2nd

Players in: Alsu Abdullina (defender, undisclosed fee from Lokomotiv Moscow)

Absent players: Jorja Fox (defender, on loan to Charlton), Carly Telford (goalkeeper, to San Diego Wave for an undisclosed fee)

Classification of Telegraph Sport windows: 2.5/5

Russian defender Alsu Abdullina is a good long-term prospect for Chelsea, and their only acquisition this window, but it is understood they plan to do the vast majority of their business in the summer.

Emma Hayes already has a very stable squad, so there was no need to pay more than necessary to add someone quickly in January, however, the squad still needs defensive reinforcements soon.

The best news this winter for the reigning WSL champions came in November, when Sam Kerr signed a new two-year contract extension, keeping one of the best players in the world at the club until at least l summer 2024.

Manchester United

League ranking: 3rd

Players in: Diane Caldwell (defender, free transfer from North Carolina Courage), Jade Moore (midfielder, from Orlando Pride), Signe Bruun (forward, on loan from Lyon)

Absent players: Nothing

Classification of Telegraph Sport windows: 4/5

After looking like they could get through the entire window without signing anyone, Manchester United pulled three rabbits out of the hat in the closing hours of a dramatic deadline day, much to the delight of fans.

The arrival of Danish Footballer of the Year Bruun on loan until the end of the season is a major blow for Marc Skinner’s side and will go down as one of the most high-profile moves ever made on date day. limit of the WSL. There was also good news for Manchester United ahead of Christmas when 22-year-old England striker Ella Toone signed a new contract with the club until 2025.

However, perhaps the only disappointment of this January window for Skinner’s side will be that they missed out on signing Blackstenius, who opted for Arsenal instead. And, while the addition of Signe Bruun could prove to be a masterstroke, he is only on loan for the rest of the campaign, while Blackstenius is now Arsenal’s long-term player. .

Tottenham Hotspur

League ranking: 4th

Players in: Evaliina Summanen (midfielder, undisclosed fees from Kristianstads), Viktoria Schnaderbeck (defender, on loan from Arsenal)

Absent players: Nothing

Classification of Telegraph Sport windows: 3/5

Tottenham will be delighted to have added Austrian defender Viktoria Schnaderbeck on loan from neighbors Arsenal on deadline day, a move made possible by Rafaelle Souza’s transfer to Arsenal, and Schnaderbeck will add more international quality to a line background of Tottenham which has already been quite tight this season.

Finland’s Evaliina Summanen has a good pedigree and signed an 18-month contract, but this window hasn’t delivered the fireworks some Tottenham fans might have hoped for. There may be some disappointment that they weren’t able to lure Blackstenius to Hotspur Way which would likely have significantly improved their prospects of qualifying for Europe, however, Rachel Williams and Jessica Naz are having strong seasons at the moment.

Manchester City

League ranking: 5th

Players in: Julie Blakstad (midfielder, undisclosed fee from Rosenborg)

Absent players: Jill Scott (midfielder, loaned to Aston Villa)

Classification of Telegraph Sport windows: 3.5/5

Securing new deals for England trio Lauren Hemp, Steph Houghton and Esme Morgan will go down as Manchester City’s most significant work this window, and the addition of 20-year-old Norwegian star Julie Blakstad has been described by Scandinavian journalists who have followed his career as a “big” business.

Manchester City were expected to sign a goalkeeper this month which never materialized, however, sources say the management team were suitably impressed with the young keeper’s performance. goal Khiara Keating in recent games, that they were reassured enough not to buy a goalkeeper. Just for fun.

England No 1 Ellie Roebuck is also approaching a return to fitness, which will give Gareth Taylor’s side another big boost in the coming weeks as they continue to move up the table sharply. after their rather disastrous and injured start to the game. countryside.

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