Women's Super League: Meet five of the brightest young talents

Young talent is abundant in the Women's Super League. These are five of the WSL’s brightest rising stars.
These teenagers are making big strides in their careers, from learning from a former England coach to attracting transfer fee and taking on the best of the world.

Some are already well-established, while others are rising through the ranks, while others are still just starting to break through.

Maya Le Tissier (Brighton)

Le Tissier was the WSL's debutant against Chelsea in December 2018.

Hope Powell, a former England coach, is Maya Le Tissier's mentor.

At 16 years old, she joined Brighton's academy. She was then extended her contract by the club in September. She has made more than 30 WSL appearances.

"She is a football fanatic!" said Brighton boss Powell. She said, "She puts so much effort into every aspect of her game and it shows. She strives to be the best.

"She is a beautiful specimen. She is an athlete, technically not terrible, strategically learning every day. She's always asking questions, always striving to improve.

"If you have that - the ambition to be the best – you are half your chance."

She is not related to Matt Le Tissier, former Southampton star - though her father used to play with him as they are both Guernsey.

Olivia McLoughlin (Aston Villa).

McLoughlin played for both Birmingham City as well as Aston Villa.

Aston Villa has a strong academy alumni list. Olivia McLoughlin is one of the most recent to join the ranks and make it into the first team.

Carla Ward, manager of the 17-year old, said that she is a natural central midfielder. However, her versatility has already proven to be an asset. She started against Arsenal at right back in the absence Sarah Mayling.

McLoughlin missed only one Villa game this season. Ward said, "She's a joy to work with because her desire to learn, hunger and use the experienced players around"

"She is so strong with the ball, despite her 17-year-old build. She'll be a great player.

Ruby Mace (Manchester City).

After an impressive loan period at Birmingham City, Mace moved to Arsenal.

Ruby Mace already has made a huge impression.

The 18-year old began her career at Arsenal, WSL giants. She was a substitute for Tottenham and made her debut in 2020 FA Cup quarter-final with a 4-0 win.

She signed a three year contract with Manchester City after she joined Birmingham City on a dual-registration.

Gareth Taylor, City boss, said that "She's been fantastic in the way she settled in and it's helped her that she's had some really amazing role models around"

"She is learning so much. We believe she will be a great player for us in the long-term.

She is capable of playing in many positions but we are focusing on her as a centre back. It is important for young players to have consistency in a position that allows her to show her best abilities.

Asmita Ale (Tottenham)

Ale has been in every Tottenham match so far in the WSL

Asmita Ale, another teenager in high demand, was also available this summer.

The Tottenham defender, aged 19, joined from Aston Villa. BBC Sport has learned that Spurs paid a fee.

Since then, she has played in every WSL match this season under Rehanne Skinner. She was up against Tobin Heath from Arsenal and Lauren Hemp from Manchester - two of WSL's most dangerous wingers.

Skinner said that Asmita is learning and understanding how she should develop as a full back.

She's had to play against some of the top wingers around the world in our league. She's resilient despite the steep learning curve.

They are the players we must invest our time and energy in. It is my responsibility to help them grow and learn. That is what I am committed to. They have a lot of potential, so it's important that we continue to look at ways they can grow in the future."

Carrie Jones (Manchester United)

Jones graduated from Manchester United Academy

Carrie Jones is expected to be a big star.

Marc Skinner, Manchester United manager, described the academy graduate as "a 38-year old woman in an 18-year old's body". She has been included in every matchday squad so far this season.

Skinner stated that the club has a "really bright Star on our hands" and that the Welsh midfielder was brought on to replace Chelsea's defeat.

He said, "Her mentality has matured so much. She can do things you'd expect a professional to do. I'm talking about clever movements and adapting your instructions rather than following your instructions.

She is quiet but fierce when she gets on the field. She is very Michael Owen-like in her instincts. She is able to find the right spots and how to hunt them. She is energetic and knows how she can finish.

"I was immediately attracted to Tara [Bourne] as well as Carrie.