2022-23 WSL Golden Boot Winner Rachel Daly surpasses all expectations for Aston Villa by Michelle
Aston Villa’s Rachel Daly, the recipient of the 2022-23 Women’s Super League Golden Boot, has unquestionably exceeded all expectations this season, including those set by manager Carla Ward, with Ward telling the BBC:
“We actually hoped she would score eight goals, which would have put us in a good position,”
England international Daly has surpassed that, scoring an incredible 22 goals in 22 Women’s Super League (WSL) games, and an astounding 30 goals in 30 matches throughout the season. While competing closely with Manchester City’s Khadija Shaw for the top scorer title throughout the campaign, Daly ultimately pulled ahead in the final stretch, becoming the first English woman since Ellen White in 2018 to claim the Golden Boot.
On the last day of the season, Rachel Daly’s goal against Arsenal not only capped off her remarkable performance but also enabled her to equal Vivianne Miedema’s record tally from the 2018-19 season.
The accomplishments of Rachel Daly, a 31-year-old player who joined Villa last summer following a decade of predominantly playing in the United States, are truly astonishing. Her success in the Women’s Super League marks a remarkable achievement, considering her relatively recent return to English football.
“It’s sensational for her, she has been outstanding,” said Ward. “I say it all the time, but her movement in the box is one of the best.
“She has been a breath of fresh air, but she has needed her team to get there, she will be the first to say that.”
In a Women’s Super League filled with numerous exceptional number nines, including the likes of Khadija Shaw and Sam Kerr, Rachel Daly’s remarkable goal-scoring instinct places her among the elite.
Well done Rachel!
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