With the squad currently stretched due to injuries to Danielle Carter and Tabea Kemme, Arsenal Women could give a trial to an England u18 forward against Italian Champions Juventus.
The player could be the young playmaker Ella Rutherford who left her club Millwall at the end of last season, alongside a dozen other players who decided to move away after a successful campaign for the Lionesses following their financial difficulties.
The England youth international is well known to Arsenal having scored against us in the FA WSL Continental Cup group stage last year:
The 18-year-old is a creative playmaker/second striker who has a great eye for a long-range shot. She grabs the odd assist as well.
Rutherford is strong technically and has huge potential.
It would certainly be interesting to see her getting a chance alongside quality players like Kim Little, Jordan Nobbs or Danielle Van De Donk. She can also play as a lone striker if needed as she is quite strong physically and can hold the ball up to bring other players into play, similar to how Anna Miedema and Danielle Carter play.
Do the club need to sign her after the trial? With Danielle Carter’s long term injury, there is certainly a spot available for a forward this season for a player with high potential and Rutherford fits the profile.
Arsenal face Juventus in a pre-season friendly this afternoon (Sunday). You can watch the game live on Arsenal.com. It kicks off at 2pm at Meadow Park. Arsenal’s next game comes on Friday against Montpellier Feminines at the Stade Ernest Wallon in Toulouse as part of the Toulouse International Ladies Cup. They will then face PSG on Sunday in the same competition.