Opinion: Tottenham Hotspur Women – A reflection on the 2021/22 season

Now that the WSL season has come to an end, it’s a good time to reflect on Tottenham’s campaign in what was Rehanne Skinner’s first full season at the helm.

Following the turnaround last time out, expectations were higher this year, and it’s truly been a season to remember. We started in a state of rebuild as 11 players departed, including Rianna Dean, Chloe Peplow, Lucy Quinn and Siri Worm.

Skinner rebuilt the squad with signings such as Evelina Summanen, Tinja-Rikka Korpela and Asmita Ale and that rebuild has proven to be exactly what was needed, following this season’s 5th place finish.

It’s been a real turnaround under Skinner and as a result, she’s earned a nomination for Manager of the Year alongside Emma Hayes and Jonas Eidevall.

We’re still a way off the big four in terms of points and the number of goals we score, but defensively, we look solid.

We’ve conceded only one more goal than Manchester City and Manchester United and a large part of that can be attributed to Molly Bartip (BBC). Having played every minute of WSL action, she’s been an integral part of a defence that’s only conceded 22 league goals.

Alongside Skinner’s nomination, Ash Neville was also nominated for player of the season (90 Min). Playing at either right-back or right midfield, she’s another that’s had an incredible season, playing in all but one match and grabbing 3 goals in the process.

Alongside many others, she’s been a real plus point in this Spurs squad and having signed a new deal (to 2025) in April, here’s hoping she can push on even more in the coming years.

I feel a bit guilty as I’ve only really focussed on two players, but it’s been a real squad effort to get us where we are.

Fantastic leadership from Shelina Zadorsky, top scorers Rachel Williams and Angela Addison, to Korpela and Rebecca Spencer keeping 12 clean sheets throughout the season – all have played an important part.

It’s certainly been a season to remember, and we’ve put ourselves in a position to establish ourselves in the top four and challenge for those all-important Champions League places.

That seemed highly unlikely before Skinner took over, but she’s worked absolute wonders with this team and it’s exciting to be a Spurs fan again.

Here’s to an even better 2022/23 season.

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