Yesterday, the news was all about the Tottenham Hotspur men’s team and their visit to Anfield to play Liverpool, but Spurs were in the news for another reason too. USA international and on-loan Tottenham Hotspur Women forward Alex Morgan earned her first Women’s Super League honor yesterday and was named to the Barclay’s FA WSL Team of the Week for week nine.
Your #BarclaysFAWSL Team of the Week!— Barclays FA Women's Super League (@BarclaysFAWSL) December 15, 2020
Chosen by @Sio_Chamberlain pic.twitter.com/jXJcSTFcKJ
Morgan started and played the full 90 minutes in Spurs’ 3-1 win over Aston Villa Women on Sunday, the first time she’s played a full match since her return to the sport after a year away. That itself is significant, but Morgan was a huge part of Tottenham’s offense as well. She both earned and converted a penalty early in the first half, and later provided a lovely ball into the box for a diving Ria Percival that was bundled into the net and credited as an own goal by Villa’s Caroline Siems. So you could say that she provided a goal and an almost assist.
As I stated in the match report, this was the first time we’ve seen Alex Morgan actually look like the Alex Morgan we’ve come to know and appreciate from the NWSL and for the US Women’s National Team.Morgan was making a number of runs forward to latch on to deep passes and through balls from her Spurs teammates against Villa, and while maybe her sharpness isn’t quite where it was she is definitely looking much improved from her early run-outs. She is imposing herself to a much greater degree under new Spurs manager Rehanne Skinner.
We still don’t have clarity as for how long Morgan will be staying with Tottenham — she could leave yet before the end of 2020, or stay to the end of the season. Hopefully we’ll know more soon. For now, it’s a gift to be able to watch her play while wearing a Spurs shirt.