Georgia’s got City progress on her mind
MANCHESTER CITY’S teenage sensation Georgia Stanway, arguably the top prospect in the Women’s Super League, has ruled out a return to more modest pastures this winter.
After netting 35 goals in just 15 games for Women’s Premier League side Blackburn Rovers last season, it came as no surprise when WSL giants City came knocking and the England U17 international secured her dream move.
And, after making her City debut in the 5-0 demolition of Durham in July, four more appearances and two goals followed for the lethal finisher.
But, with the WSL 1 campaign now over until March and the WPL in full flow throughout the winter, Stanway insists she will not be tempted to return to the second tier on loan.
The 16-year-old prefers to hone her skills at City.
“If you had told me at the start of the season I’d be where I am now I wouldn’t have believed you,” she said.
“I didn’t expect to be in the position where I’d not only be able to say I’d played for City but scored, too.
“I have no plans to go anywhere else over the winter. I’m sure another stint in the WPL would be great, but I just want to concentrate on playing with Manchester City.
“I’ll try and play with the reserves, to keep on topping up my minutes, and make sure that, when the first-team season rolls around again, I am back in the fold.
“Hopefully I’ll be in the side then as I want to carry on developing at City.
“They are just making sure I get all my bases covered this winter.
“I’m still young and I’ve got a lot of time on my hands, so I’m really trying hard to make sure my technical ability is at the level it needs to be – my passing, tackling, and all the simple things that are important to get right.
“I can feel my body getting stronger, my technical ability is getting better an all-roun I can do things now I couldn’t do six months ago.
“City feels like the perfect place to develop as they want to bring all of the younger players up to be the next Steph Houghton.”
Stanway is not only prolific on these shores.
She has also been on fire in an England shirt, scoring 25 times in 22 appearances for the U15s and U17s.
As part of the U17 team that topped their Euro qualifying group in Estonia this autumn, she smashed in five first-half goals in their opening 13-0 humbling of Croatia.
She then took on the captain’s armband and netted twice more as England beat the host nation. One final strike in England’s 2-2 draw with Poland – to take her tally in the tournament to an astonishing eight from three matches – saw the Lionesses book their spot at the next round of qualifying for the Belarus showcase next summer.
She added: “Playing internationally is always a good experience, and everyone in the team did so well in those matches.
“It did feel good to wear the armband for the first time.
“I’ve been vice-captain a few times, but it’s not quite the same.
“I’d never been captain before, so to do it for England was a really good achievement.
“Long-term, of course, the aim is to be a regular for both the full England team and the Manchester City first team.
“So, I’m happy with where I am now.”
HOT PROSPECT: Georgia Stanway hits the mark for Manchester City