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Spurs Women sign former United keeper Mikalsen

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Mikalsen will likely slot in as Spurs’ primary backup between the sticks behind Becky Spencer.

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Tottenham Hotspur Women continue to fill out their ranks as they prepare for a new WSL season in the fall. Today, the club announced the signing of former Manchester United keeper and Norway youth international Aurora Mikalsen on a one-year contract.

The 24-year old Mikalsen spent last season at United as the primary backup to Mary Earps, though in truth she was likely the third keeper at the club, as Siobhan Chamberlain sat out the season after giving birth to a child. She made only one start for United in the coronavirus-shortened season — an 11-1 League Cup win over Leicester City — and left the club a few weeks ago.

Mikalsen will almost certainly start as the primary backup keeper to current Spurs #1 Becky Spencer, replacing the departed Chloe Morgan. The short duration of her contract and playing history seems to back that up. I can’t say I’ve ever seen Mikalsen play (the sample size is tiny) but if she’s good enough for Juan Amoros and Karen Hills, I have nothing to add.

All three of Tottenham’s signings this summer have been free agents, which is pretty much par for the course for a lot of WSL sides that aren’t Manchester City, Chelsea, and Arsenal. Still, Spurs’ starting XI did pretty well last season, and filling out the roster with quality backups is always a good idea.

Welcome to Tottenham, Aurora!