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Big Changes for Blues Ladies

There’s been some big changes afoot in the Blues Ladies team over the last couple of weeks, with the confirmation of two big name departures and two big name signings.

England internationals Jo Potter and Jade Moore have bought out their contracts and will be leaving the club while David Parker has moved to replace them with German international Isabelle Linden from 1. FFC Frankfurt and Norwegian international Andrine Hegerberg from Kopparbergs/Goteberg.

I’ve already seen a couple of comments from people expressing surprise at Potter and Moore leaving Blues Ladies but I have to admit, as someone who follows the team quite closely it’s not a surprise to me at all. While they are both international-class players there clearly wasn’t something right this season and I think it’s one of those things where it’s better for both players to move on to pastures new. I’m sure they’ll be picked up quickly and will both be able to continue their successful careers elsewhere in the FA WSL.

25-year-old Isabelle Linden comes to the club after a successful career in German football which saw her play for four clubs – Fortuna Koln, SGS Essen, Bayer Leverkusen and 1.FFC Frankfurt. She made her debut for the German national team in 2013 and was part of the German squad that won the European Championships that year.

Andrine Hegerberg comes to the club from Swedish club Kopparbergs/Goteborg having played for Turbine Potsdam in Germany and Staebek in her native Norway. Having played for three years in Sweden the 23-year-old has said she was looking for a new challenge and she was impressed by the ambition of the club at Blues Ladies.

It’s been an interesting summer for the team but I think there still is work to be done; as well as Sophie Baggaley has done there has got to be a second keeper brought in and I’d like to see someone else brought in maybe to help bolster the attack. The one problem Blues Ladies have consistently suffered for a long period now is a lack of goals and if they can find a way around that then they may well be looking up the table for a finishing spot than at the teams chasing them.

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21 Responses to “Big Changes for Blues Ladies”

  • Richard Granfield says:

    You say “There clearly wasn’t something right this season”. Can you elaborate for those of us who don’t follow the Ladies as closely as you?

  • Roger_me says:

    She’s fit!

  • @bcfcarchive says:

    Both Potter and Moore have alluded to ‘problems behind the scenes’ in their farewell messages on Twitter.

    I’d guess it must be a falling out with the management.

    I wouldn’t be surprised to see Remi Allen move on either, she seems to be part of the same group.

  • Blue Tsunsmi says:

    Maybe the men could use the ladies European scouting network ;)

  • williammorgan says:

    Changing things at the club for the good of the club is good,…..but how many fans can remember when selling star players has been beneficial to the team , the management teams need to get this right ,

  • Mirkwood55 says:

    And they have just signed the PSG keeper!

    • StaffsBlue says:

      She’s German, so should be great in a penalty shoot-outs. :)

      • oldburyblue says:

        The fact that Ann-Katrin Berger is 5’11 is a good start. Sophie, like Becky before her has 1 major disadvantage in that she is not very tall. Just hope the new girl can save shots on the floor (unlike a certain Joe Hart!!).

  • williammorgan says:

    Upwards and onwards then then mirkwood 55 ….KRO

  • oldburyblue says:

    Very disappointed with this news but not surprised I’m afraid. Last season I commented to a couple who were very close to the players as to how well Jo was coming across on the telly during the World Cup in supporting her fellow players whilst acting as a sub. The answer was to the effect of “mm….pity she doesn’t do the same at her Club.” The writing was on the wall with the very welcome signings of the 2 new girls and the positions that they play. At least 1 or 2 more “surprising” sales in the not too distant future I suspect.

  • bhamcityjulian says:

    Let’s hope we are not repeating the mistakes of the men’s team post-maximum wage where we dropped our standards to meet pre-maximum wage conditions.

  • Nuneatim says:

    Sad at Jo and Jade leaving as we now have no England internationals but the new signings look very promising. Hopefully after the great start to the season they can help us push on.

  • Dave Mann says:

    Maybe next season but not this season . KRO

  • Mitchell says:

    Away from this particular topic-rather a sad day that Tom Ross has ended his radio phone-ins. Liked Tom a lot . Good,decent and never pretended to be anyone else other than himself. If you read this Tom then I know many who share my sentiments.

  • bhamcityjulian says:

    Did he say why? Capital Radio killed commercial radio in Birmingham. So it’s over to Radio WolverhaMpton now

  • williammorgan says:

    The blues ladies have signed players and I don’t want to seem rude , but has blues mens team actually bid for any new players ??????????

    • Mitchell says:

      Appears William that we may lose out for Bradshaw who is reportedly on offer for £1m. Swindon player Ajose also looks unlikely. Perhaps GR is looking higher up!

  • RichardM says:

    It’s sad but the woman’s game is going slowly the way of the men’s. With high profile clubs like Man City, Chelsea and Arsenal now splashing the cash about, I think players like Jade Moore and Jo Potter probably see themselves as “too big” for Blues – in which case the ladies are better off without them.

    Good luck to the new signings, here’s hope they can prove Carney, Potter and Moore the error of their ways!

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