This was supposed to be a top 3 list but Arsenal have been too damn good to select only three of them.

BOREHAMWOOD, ENGLAND - MAY 11: Jordan Nobbs and Kim Little of Arsenal lift the trophy as they celebrate after during the WSL match between Arsenal Women and Manchester City at Meadow Park on May 11, 2019 in Borehamwood, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)
BOREHAMWOOD, ENGLAND – MAY 11: Jordan Nobbs and Kim Little of Arsenal lift the trophy as they celebrate after during the WSL match between Arsenal Women and Manchester City at Meadow Park on May 11, 2019 in Borehamwood, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

So here are my top five players of the year, and, to be honest, it could have been a top eight as so many of them have had a brilliant season.

5Lia Wälti

BOREHAMWOOD, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 04: Lia Walti of Arsenal warms up prior to the WSL match between Arsenal Women and Birmingham Ladies at Meadow Park on November 4, 2018 in Borehamwood, England. (Photo by Jack Thomas/Getty Images)

The Swiss defensive midfielder would have ranked higher had she not been sidelined by injury midway through the season.

She made such an important impact from the word go, involved in the defensive side to balance the team but was also a key player in the build-up play from the back starting attacks alongside the centre-backs.

She is the queen of transition play.

4Beth Mead

BOREHAMWOOD, ENGLAND – MARCH 14: Beth Mead of Arsenal looks on during the The Football Association Women’s Super League match between Arsenal Women and Bristol City Women at Meadow Park on March 14, 2019 in Borehamwood, England. (Photo by James Chance/Getty Images)

The England striker, now converted to a winger, has become the assist queen from set pieces and crosses and also added the CROT to her armoury.

Her pace has been used with devastating effect down the wing and she finished the season with 12 assists and seven goals.

3Leah Williamson

BOREHAMWOOD, ENGLAND, 13th January 2019: Leah Williamson of Arsenal thanking the fans postgame
during the FA Women’s Super league football match between Arsenal Women and Chelsea Women at Meadow Park on January 13th in Borehamwood, England. (DP)

The young defender has shown maturity beyond her years and has been very consistent.

She was rightly rewarded with a World Cup call-up for the Lionesses. Not many 22-year- olds can assume leadership like she has done this season.

She reads the game well, can pass the ball, and was a key player in starting attacks.

She led Arsenal to the best defence in the league with only 13 goals conceded in 20 games.

2Katie McCabe

BOREHAMWOOD, ENGLAND – MAY 11: Katie McCabe of Arsenal enjoys a drink of champagne as she celebrates winning the Women’s Super League after the WSL match between Arsenal Women and Manchester City at Meadow Park on May 11, 2019 in Borehamwood, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

The Irish captain has had a sensational season.

She was used mainly on the wings but also at left-back.  Because of her versatility and football brain, she was also used as a number 10 and sometimes as a centre-forward when Miedema was not available.

She finishes the season with eight assists and five league goals, including the crucial winner at Birmingham City away.

1Vivianne Margaretha Marina Astrid “Anna” Miedema

Voted Player of the Year by her fellow professionals but that’s not good enough for the male-dominated sports writer’s association who opted for Nikita Parris instead

The numbers say it all – 10 assists and 22 goals in the league, 31 goals in all competitions.

Miedema is the complete striker.

Following a disappointing first season hampered by injuries after coming back from winning the Euros, she has reached a breathtaking level.

Miedema certainly reminds me of Julie Fleeting who had the same killer instincts. She keeps a cool head in the penalty area, can score with both feet and netted a few headers as well.

Honourable mentions

Danielle van de Donk, Lisa Evans, and Dominique Bloodworth also had a fantastic season.

Youth player of the year

Ava Kuyken

Ava Kuyken (Photo via Instagram / AvaKuyken)

The 18-year-old has been a first team regular this season. She started four games and came on eight times as a substitute.

The young midfielder is set to move to the USA this summer to study and play for the Florida Gators.

Breakthrough player of the year

Ruby Grant

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The England u17 international trained with the first team in pre-season while she was still only 16 and when injury stuck was given game time.

Grant has started two games and came on three times as a substitute.

She got a hat-trick in the FA Cup game against Crawley Wasps and was rewarded with the player of the round award.