Irish captain, Katie McCabe, who had just returned to Arsenal from a half-season loan at Glasgow City, is apparently on her way to Liverpool Ladies.
Confirmed to DailyCannon by multiple sources, it looks like McCabe will be a like-for-like replacement on the wing for Natasha Harding, who has just left the Reds for Reading Women.
There is no doubt that McCabe is more likely to get playing time up north given Liverpool’s squad size which is smaller than Arsenal’s 22, and with so much competition at Arsenal at present, it’s hard to see McCabe forcing her way into Joe Montermurro’s plans.
As a left-winger, she has to compete with Danielle Carter, Heather O’Reilly, Bethany Mead, Lisa Evans and Lauren James for a starting place.
McCabe can also play at left-back but faces stiff competition there too from Emma Mitchell and Taylor Hinds.
She was initially not included in the Arsenal squad to face Chelsea on Sunday, replaced by development team captain, Anna Filbey. However McCabe is now on he bench.
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The 22-year-old arrived at Arsenal as an exciting prospect tipped as a natural successor to Rachel Yankey.
Unfortunately, she was never given a sustained run in the side due to competition for places and was unable to force her way into the starting XI on a regular basis.
Pedro Losa saw her as a back-up player with potential rather than a first choice while Joe Montemurro clearly thinks the same, otherwise he would have at least kept her in the squad until the end of the season.
With big shoes to fill trying to replace Natasha Harding, we wish Katie her good luck with her new team should the move be finalised as expected.
Of course, transfers fail at the last minute for all manner of reasons but at the time of writing we have every reason to believe this is one that will happen during this window.
Katie McCabe profile
by Nia Griffiths
McCabe started her career at St Francis L.F.C. in Dublin, where she was born, before joining Raheny United in 2011 at the age of 16.
While at the Raheny, the forward featured in their first ever season as part of the Women’s National League (WNL), which was formed the year she joined. McCabe went on to win two league titles in 2012/13 and 2013/14, as well as the FAI Women’s Cup three times and WNL Cup once.
During the 2014/15 season, the Republic of Ireland youth international netted an impressive 23 goals.
McCabe stayed with the club during their transition to Shelbourne Ladies F.C. in 2015/16. However, in December 2015, she signed for Arsenal, allegedly rejecting offers from the likes of high-fliers Chelsea and Manchester City.
During her brief time in red and white, McCabe made two appearances before being shipped off on loan.
In August 2017, the 22-year-old joined Glasgow City on loan for the second half of their Scottish Women’s Premier League season.
Glasgow City went on to be crowned 2017 SWPL 1 champions – their 12th title.
The Republic of Ireland international represented her country at an u17 and u19 level.
She’s now been capped six times for the senior side after getting her first call-up in March 2015, shortly before her move to London.