Profile: Chloe Kelly

Chloe Kelly has made a huge impact since signing on loan for the Blue Girls with two goals in four games for the club

Those goals have helped the Andy Spence’s side up to third place in the WSL 2 table with two games in hand over the top two teams.

Kelly will be looking to help the team bounce back from the draw against Sheffield to secure all three points today against Durham.

Speaking exclusively to the programme, she said: “I’ve really enjoyed my time at Everton so far it’s a great team and a great club to be a part of.

“We’ve had a few wins under our belt and despite some results not going our way we can bounce back from them like we did against Yeovil after losing to Sheffield. It’s about bouncing back and regrouping when results aren’t going our way.

“We can get promoted we need to get the win against Yeovil when we play them again because last time we played them off the park and we need to do that against the likes of Durham, Bristol and anyone that comes in our way to getting that promotion.”

It has been a rollercoaster season for the Blue Girls so far having been unbeaten until the mid-season break, the team have been inconsistent since the restart.

“It can be difficult because you can be on a great run and then come back and it’s completely different.

“It’s hard to keep consistency when there’s a lot of breaks in the league but we have to play how it is and we have to be able to cope with it and keep our consistency no matter what.”

The FA has recently announced changes to the season dates starting from 2017 so the season starts in August and finishes in May which Kelly believes will be a positive move for players at the top all the way down to grassroots level.

“It’s definitely a great move to push on the women’s game because the schedule of Champions League isn’t fair on the English teams in the current schedule going from a summer season and no games to playing in the Champions League.

“It’ll make a massive difference for those teams in the Champions League but also for the young players coming through because you can have a season with the development squad that runs all through winter and then go straight into the summer league which is quite difficult for a young player because you have no break to recover.”

The 19-year-old has started every game for Andy Spence’s side since joining the club in time for the Merseyside Derby.

“It’s really different because I’m getting a lot of minutes in and I’m really enjoying getting the game time that I need because it’s helping me push onto the next level. There’s also a core of young players in the team whilst Arsenal have more experienced players.

“When you’re playing you’re always learning new things from other players and your own mistakes whilst on the bench you can only learn a certain amount.”

Kelly has also been praising Andy Spence for the belief he instils in his team as they look to push for promotion.

“He’s been really good to help us improve by having meetings after the game and analyse what went wrong.

“He reminds us that we’re at a great club and are great players and we need to show that talent on the pitch. He has a lot of confidence in his players which is a great thing for a manager to have.”

Kelly also praised the fans who have been supporting the Blue Girls all season and the effect they’ve had on the team.

“The fans are great! They’ve been getting the numbers out every weekend and they’re great support for the girls.

“I like how we show our appreciation for them by meeting them after the game and signing things for them. It’s great to also see how many of the supporters are young girls.”

Kelly has also been a regular for England at youth level having captained the Under-17s and has been capped more than 20 times.

“It’s a great honour to wear the national shirt and playing for your country is what every player wants so it’s great to wear it.

“I knew a few of the girls here from previous times with England but everyone has helped me settle in really well. I was really nervous on my first day but it was great to step onto the training pitch and after the first session I felt part of the team already.”

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