FRAN’S A LOSS – BUT WE CAN PROVE A POINT
A LOT has been made of Fran Kirby’s departure from Reading to Chelsea – and rightly so.
Since first meeting her and playing alongside the kid now dubbed as ‘Mini Messi’ in November 2013, it is almost unbelievable to see her growth as a footballer.
She had talent, clearly, but she needed time and coaching to bring out her potential. She got that at Reading and, as she became fitter, stronger and wiser, she quickly became the most feared player in the league.
The accolades and England success soon followed and the whole country now knows her name.
Fran’s move to Chelsea was obviously disappointing for us as a club, but once it became clear she wanted to move on and test herself at the top, it was probably best for all parties that she was allowed to leave. Readin g made s u re they got the right deal and Fran was able to go.
For me, there is no point in keeping an unhappy player, no matter how good they are. They won’t do themselves or the team justice.
Talent wise, Fran is a loss. But it has allowed us to come together and work even harder as a group to prove we weren’t a one-woman team and that the rest of the squad are capable of challenging at the top.
FRAN-TASTIC: Fran Kirby scores her first goal for Chelsea against Birmingham and celebrates, inset