In this special, we take a look at the new arrivals at Tottenham Hotspur Women. After seeing 11 players leave, there was A LOT of rebuilding to be done over the summer.
Vicky joins Tottenham as Rehanne Skinner’s assistant after Lauren Smith left in the summer to coach Bristol City. Jepson’s career started at Liverpool in 2009, working in various coaching roles including every elite girl’s pathway from U11’s – U21’s. Vicky has also worked for The FA at excellence camps which helped develop the countries best young players and in 2014 Jepson was nominated for a FA Female Development Coach Of The Year Award which she won.
In 2018 Jepson was appointed Liverpool assistant manager to Neil Redfearn but Redfearn departed after just one game in charge leaving Vicky Jepson and Chris Kirkland to cover until Jepson was appointed the first team manager. In 2018 Jepson worked with the England U17’s and guiding them to the 2018 European Championship Finals. Jepson guided Liverpool to 8th position out of 12 in her first season in charge. In 2019 Liverpool was relegated on a points per game basis with 8 matches to play after the league was suspended due to Covid-19. Vicky Jepson’s first sit down interview for Tottenham can be found below.
Another new arrival to the club is French midfielder Clemaron Maéve who arrives from Everton, signing until the end of the 2022 season with the option to extend for another year. Clemaron started her career at Lyon’s youth team before moving to AS Saints-Étienne in 2008 where she made over 100 appearances for the club before moving to FC Fleury 91 in 2017. In 2018 Clemaron was called into the France squad and was part of the French 2019 World Cup squad that was beaten by the U.S.A in the World Cup Quarter-Finals.
In 2019 Clemaron joined Everton from FC Fleury 91, Clemaron was part of the Everton team that reached the FA Cup Final in 2020, eventually losing 3-1 to Manchester City after extra time. After 2 years at Everton, Maéva Clemaron leaves the Toffee’s who finished in 5th position and signed for Tottenham where she will no doubt be an important part of the Tottenham midfield as our Lilywhites look to rebuild for a successful 2021-22 season. More information on Maeve’s arrival can be read over at https://www.tottenhamhotspur.com/news/2021/july/maeva-clemaron-signs-for-spurs-women/ Welcome to Tottenham Maeve.
After the departure of Aurora Mikalsen, Tottenham needed to bring in a new goalkeeper and that is exactly what Rehanne Skinner and her team have done. Korpela is a Finnish goalkeeper who has 98 caps to her name for her national team. Korpela has joined until the end of the 2021-22 season with the option to extend for a further season. Korpela started her career at FC Honka in Finland in 2006 where she spent 3 seasons and won 3 league titles in 2006, 2007 and 2008 before moving to the Norwegian side Kolbotn for one season. After season-long spells at LSK Kvinner and Tyeso FF, Korpela moved to German giants Bayern Munich in 2014 where she spent 3 seasons winning the German league title in 2014-15 and 2015-16. After Korpela’s contract was terminated early by Bayern Munich, Korpela moved to the Norwegian side Valerenga before signing with Everton in 2019. The 35 year old will no doubt will bring experience which will better our goalkeepers. More about Tinja’s arrival can be read over at https://www.tottenhamhotspur.com/news/2021/july/tinja-riikka-korpela-joins-spurs-women/ Welcome to Tottenham Tinja we can’t wait to see you in action.
Tang Jiali is Tottenham women’s first-ever Chinese player and is a forward that has joined on loan from Shanghai Shengli. At 26 years of age, the forward began her career at Jiangsu Suning in 2013 before moving to Shanghai Shengli in 2016 for a season. In 2018 Jiali rejoined Jiangsu Suning where she helped the team to the Chinese Super League title before returning to Shanghai Shengli in 2020. Jiali has made 15 appearances for China with her debut coming in 2014 against the U.S.A and was nominated for the Best Young Player Of The Tournament at the 2015 World Cup in Canada. More information about Tang’s loan can be read over at https://www.tottenhamhotspur.com/news/2021/july/tang-jiali-joins-spurs-women/ We wish Tang Jiali the best of luck and hope she nets many goals for Lilywhites.
Asmita Ale is a 19-year-old defender who has joined Tottenham until the end of the 2023 season. Ale started her career at Aston Villa in 2018 making 46 appearances and scoring 2 goals. Ale has represented England at U17 (2017), U18 (2018) and U19 level (2019). Ale was part of the Villa team that earned promotion from the FA WSL 2 to the Championship in 2018. Ale was also part of the team that earned promotion to the WSL in 2020 after finishing 6th with Villa in 2019 the year our Lilywhites gained promotion to the WSL for the first time in club history. Ale was named players player of the season for the 2020-21 season and is a versatile defender that already looks like a future star despite her young age. More information can be found at https://www.tottenhamhotspur.com/news/2021/august/asmita-ale-signs-from-villa/ Welcome to Tottenham Asmita.
Chioma Ubogagu (Chi).
28-year-old Chi has joined Tottenham from Real Madrid and has signed with Tottenham until the end of the 2023 season. Born in London Chi started her career at Coppell Cowgirls in 2007. Chi started her senior career at Pali Blues in the U.S in 2013 before moving to Arsenal in 2015. After 1 season at Arsenal where Chi bagged 6 goals in 14 appearances for the Gunners before moving back to the states with the Huston Dash. Things didn’t go as planned for Chi at Houston netting just once in 15 appearances for the club.
In 2017 Chi joined the Orlando Pride where she shared the pitch with Tottenham captain Shelina Zadorsky and former Tottenham players Alanna Kennedy and Alex Morgan. Chi netted 12 times for the Pride in 58 appearances and was part of the Pride team that finished 3rd, the highest they have ever finished reaching the NWSL Playoff’s semi-finals. After 2 seasons at Orlando Chi then joined CD Tacon/Real Madrid scoring 7 goals in 29 appearances. Chi has represented the U.S at U18 (2008), U20 (2012) and U23 (2014) level before switching to England in 2018. Chi made her senior debut against Austria and scored in England’s 3-0 victory. Chi is a quick forward that can also play in midfield and will give defences a headache down the wing. More information about Chi’s arrival can be found at https://www.tottenhamhotspur.com/news/2021/july/chioma-ubogagu-signs-for-spurs-women/ Welcome to Tottenham Chi.
18-year-old Eleanor Heeps has joined Tottenham from Liverpool until the end of the 2024 season but will join Blackburn Rovers on loan for the 2021-22 season. Heeps is an England U19 international and no doubt will be the future of Tottenham. We wish Eleanor the best of luck while on loan and look forward to welcoming her to Tottenham in 2022. More information on Elanor Heeps deal can be read over at https://www.tottenhamhotspur.com/news/eleanor-heeps-joins-spurs-women/
Kyah Simon is a 30-year-old Australian international striker that has over 100 caps for her country. Simon has joined Tottenham from PSV until the end of the 2023 season. Simon started her career at Central Coast Mariners in the Australian W-League in 2008. In 2009 Simon moved to Sydney FC where she scored 23 times in 41 appearances winning the W-League Championship and Premiership 2009 before winning the Championship again in 2011 and the Premiership in 2013 with Sydney.
After 4 seasons with Sydney Simon moved to the U.S and joined the Boston Breakers where she scored 16 goals in 30 appearances. After a season at Boston, Simon returned to Australia where she joined Western Sydney Wanderers before rejoining Sydney FC from 2014-2017. After helping Australia reach the 2015 World Cup quarter-final, Simon rejoined the Boston Breakers for 1 season. In 2017 Kyah joined Melbourne City where she netted 10 goals in 30 appearances and helped the team to the Championship in the 2017-2018 season. After a successful spell at Melbourne, Simon Joined the Houston Dash for a season before moving to PSV in 2020. More information on Kyah Simon’s arrival can be read over at https://www.tottenhamhotspur.com/news/2021/august/kyah-simon-completes-move/ For those that know very little about Kyah Simon and are wondering what she can do, here is a little video to get Tottenham fans excited ahead of the new WSL season.
Welcome to Tottenham Kyah.
Molly Bartrip has signed from Reading until the 2023 season. The 25-year old defender has returned home to where it all began for her. Bartrip started her career at Tottenham in their youth set-up before joining Charlton. Bartrip joined Reading in 2014 where she has spent her entire professional career (7 years). Bartrip has represented England at U17 (2011), U19 (2013), U20 (2016) and U23 level (2016). Bartrip was impressive for Reading last season from what we saw and for us she was one of the stand out performers at the Mind Series in the defeat to Arsenal and truly didn’t deserve to be on the losing side. We have high hopes for Molly and believe she will be the perfect partner for Shelina Zadorsky in the centre of defence. More about her arrival can be read over at https://www.tottenhamhotspur.com/news/2021/july/molly-bartrip-completes-move/ Welcome to home Molly.
Defender Gracie Pearse has joined Tottenham from Championship side Crystal Palace, signing a deal until the end of the 2023 season. The 18-year-old defender will remain on loan at Crystal Palace for the 2021-22 season to gain more experience. The England U21 international made 7 appearances for Palace last season and no doubt if everything goes as planned will be part of the future of Tottenham and England. More information about Gracie’s arrival can be read over at https://www.tottenhamhotspur.com/news/2021/july/gracie-pearse-signs-for-spurs-women/ Welcome to Tottenham Gracie, we can’t wait to see you in a Tottenham jersey when you from your loan spell.
Tottenham’s WSL season kicks off this Saturday at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium where they will take on former Tottenham player Lucy Quinn and her Birmingham City team. The game has been moved from the Hive and will kick off at 3 pm. Tickets for the match are still available and can be purchased via e-ticketing at https://www.eticketing.co.uk/tottenhamhotspur/EDP/Event/Index/8875. Tickets are priced at £6.50 for adults, £4.50 for young adults and £3.50 for seniors and juniors. All tickets will have a £1.75 booking fee added to the total per ticket. If you are unable to attend, the match will be broadcast live via the FA Player website https://faplayer.thefa.com/home/all and via the FA Player app which is available for both Apple and Android.
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