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Women’s Super League: talking points from the weekend’s action

Nikita Parris’s record tally is reward for her hard work, Yeovil get off the mark at last, Chelsea have bounced back but there’s no stopping Arsenal

Aged only 24, Nikita Parris overtook Eni Aluko to become the all-time WSL top scorer when she scored twice for Manchester City at Liverpool. I know it’s only modern history – the WSL started in 2011 – but it is still a landmark achievement. She’s a wide player first and foremost, who has played most of her career for City and England on the wing, which makes it more of an achievement. She did play as a No 9 with me for Everton, and she has been used in that position again by City this season. In her last game against Reading she was not as influential as she normally is from a wide position, but she is learning a new role and I think she would admit that she is not at her peak yet. She has contributed massively for England in qualifying for next year’s World Cup – she was her country’s top scorer with six goals – and just keeps growing as a player. She has always been tenacious and aggressive, and I think the ferociousness of her style of play is something that young players can really look at and learn from.

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