Hayley Ladd | wins United women's player of the year

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Leaving aside the puns for the moment...


She's 25 and she's played for Birmingham for a couple of seasons, she was with Bristol before that. Birmingham came fourth in WSL1 last year.

I think we'll have signed her as a (mostly) defensive midfielder, though she played centre-back for Wales last night.

Good Ladd.
 

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Quite the coup when we can pluck a regular starter from the 4th best club in the WSL.
 

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What I want to know is this all Casey Or is Ed involved in these negotiations as well.

Think she was Birmingham’s player of the season as well from what I saw on her Twitter.
 

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Some Ladd for one Ladd.
 

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Yes but will she play with or instead of zelem? She's cm as well isn't she?
I think it will mean that for the tough games we'll start with a Ladd, Zelem, Groenen midfield. We used Greenwood in midfield a couple of times in those kind if games last year, so it'll help them avoid that. Whether that will become our default formation, with just rotation changes I don't know. We usually play with good width, but we've used different formations to deliver it, so we might see a few variants. She certainly gives us an option that we didn't have before - a true holding midfielder.
 

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She will improve all our lads behind the scenes. How she does it we don't care about, but just get them horny in the LVG style way and they might perform on the field ;).

Also this gives us hope that Ed still knows how to bring in players. It is easy to doubt him.

Being serious good luck to her.
 

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I think it will mean that for the tough games we'll start with a Ladd, Zelem, Groenen midfield. We used Greenwood in midfield a couple of times in those kind if games last year, so it'll help them avoid that. Whether that will become our default formation, with just rotation changes I don't know. We usually play with good width, but we've used different formations to deliver it, so we might see a few variants. She certainly gives us an option that we didn't have before - a true holding midfielder.
Ok great. I thought zelem was excellent last season so would be a shame to see her playing time cut.
 

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This is a coup!!

1. One of best performers in WSL last season as a defensive midfielder.
2. Birmingham Players' player of the season last season.
3. Good passer of the ball and good fk taker too (according to Birmingham fans and some pundits :))


I wonder why she chose us, when City also looked for a defensive mid. Maybe Casey promised her to start. If that's the case we'll see more 4-3-3 or diamond next season. Casey wow she knows WSL is going to be a tough challenge and she added nice additions so far. Couldn't be more happier that our women's team understands its weaknesses and addressing it. Refreshing.
 

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This is a coup!!

1. One of best performers in WSL last season as a defensive midfielder.
2. Birmingham Players' player of the season last season.
3. Good passer of the ball and good fk taker too (according to Birmingham fans and some pundits :))


I wonder why she chose us, when City also looked for a defensive mid. Maybe Casey promised her to start. If that's the case we'll see more 4-3-3 or diamond next season. Casey wow she knows WSL is going to be a tough challenge and she added nice additions so far. Couldn't be more happier that our women's team understands its weaknesses and addressing it. Refreshing.
Money over Pep!
 

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Ok great. I thought zelem was excellent last season so would be a shame to see her playing time cut.
Oh, I don’t think so. Ladd is more of a Gattuso to Zelem’s Pirlo-ing, based on last season. I guess the games vs Arsenal and Reading told Stoney something about what we lack to challenge the top half teams at least.

Ladd and Groenen looks like two very solid reinforcements in midfield!
 

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Top Ladd! Good luck to her.

Maybe we're just cancelling our men's team and focusing on women's football. I'm not completely against the idea, honestly.
 

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Finally we got these proper signing announcement tweets. Welcome Ladd
!! :lol:

 

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The United Twitter account has upped its game during the summer :D They're posting regularly and they've done some work on the graphics. Nice to see training pictures and stuff being posted as well

Of course the big test will come on match days, but it's a good start.
 

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Hayley has won the women's team, Player of the Year award for 19/20 season.

Not a surprise for a regular watcher, she was a consistent performer and an important addition to the team. An interesting choice - the defensive midfielder in an attacking team doesn't often get much recognition. However I think this award was from the squad/coaching team so not that much of a surprise perhaps.

 

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The injury bug strikes again:

Hayley Ladd will miss the rest of the season with a hamstring injury.