Despite the arrival of the vastly experienced Lisa Weiß, it looks like Rogers will continue to be the number one this season.
Words: Regan Foy | @findfoy
As the Aston Villa Women announced their squad numbers for the upcoming 2020/21 season, their maiden season in the Women’s Super League, there’s a key takeaway in plain view in regards to the goalkeeping situation at the club.
With the vastly experienced Lisa Weiß joining the club during the summer from record-breaking Women’s Champions League side Olympique Lyonnais, fans were scratching their heads at whether last season’s ‘keeping hero Sian Rogers would retain her spot between the sticks.
There are many notable shirt number changes, with Emma Follis moving to the number seven, whilst a number of new signings have picked up their respective numbers, with Stine Larsen grabbing the number nine, Chloe Arthur and Ramona Petzelberger taking eight and ten respectively, and Anita Asante, Diana Silva and Caroline Siems taking six, nineteen and two.
The new goalkeeping addition looks to have been a signing to replace the outgoing back-up Daniella Kosinska, with Weiß taking up the 29 shirt.
This means that Sian Rogers will retain the number one, and looks likely to be between the sticks as Gemma Davies’ favoured goalkeeper for the season ahead.
Rogers, who penned a new two-year deal in October last year, has come leaps and bounds since her 2017 move to Aston Villa Women – improving in her confidence in claiming balls – and looks every part the Women’s Super League goalkeeper for the upcoming season.
At just 22 years old, Sian has already had an exciting career – representing Arsenal in the Women’s Super League, and spending her youth career at Wolves, Birmingham City Women and the aforementioned Arsenal has aided in her development.
Many fans have already called for involvement with the England Women’s team in the past, and after representing the Lionesses at youth level, a good season for the shot stopper at the highest level of English Women’s Football for Aston Villa Women could see her receive a call-up ahead of next year’s UEFA Women’s EURO tournament.
Keeping the number one shirt ahead of 32-year-old Weiß, who has played for yesterday’s Champions League winners Lyon and SGS Essen, whilst also representing the German national team on four occasions, is a massive display of confidence in Rogers from Gemma Davies.
The Aston Villa Women kick off their Women’s Super League season next Saturday against Manchester City Women, live on BT Sport.