Maya Le Tissier
Youngster Maya Le Tissier has slotted straight into Manchester United’s backline in what has been their most successful season to date. It is difficult to pinpoint exactly what it is that makes Le Tissier one of the country’s most exciting young talents, but upon observation it quickly becomes clear that the defender will be a feature in the national team for years to come.
Primarily positioned as a centre-back, twenty-year-old Le Tissier plays with a wisdom that keeps her team in check. She can be physical when the time calls for it, but where Le Tissier really shines is with her awareness. The defender has an acute understanding of her surroundings meaning she approaches situations with good decision and rationality. This also aids itself to favourable defensive positioning as well as optimal passing routes to both settle play and trigger build-up.
Photograph courtesy of the FA.