Caroline Weir is in the form of her life but it is the goal-scoring exploits of one of her Manchester City teammates that has caught her modest eye this season.
The Scotland forward made it five goals in four games after her double in City’s 5-0 Continental League Cup victory over Reading, but is still one behind striker Pauline Bremer.
Many had questioned where Nick Cushing’s side were going to find goals from before the season got underway but the German international has returned from a nine-month injury lay-off in style, scoring six in her last three appearances.
England international Ellen White signed for the reigning FA Cup and Conti Cup champions but is yet to make her debut through injury and after goalscoring midfielder Georgia Stanway was also ruled out, Weir believes City have a lot more in reserve than they might have been given credit for.
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"When you’re playing in a team like this, the training sessions can be more mentally taxing than the games! I’m being pushed very hard physically.
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“It shows the depth in the squad, Pauline has come back and she is on fire at the moment, scoring goals when we need her,” said the 24-year-old.
“We’ve got some talented players in this squad who can score goals and that is always a positive.
"Pauline is a great target player to have and she is a natural finisher around the goal and sometimes that's what you need and she'll always pop up with a goal.
“Ellen is physical, has a great attacking presence and can get you a goal at any moment and she showed that again at the World Cup where she was on fire.
“That England team was in a great place going into the summer and Ellen looked very sharp – she has great quality so I wasn’t surprised to see her scoring all those goals.
“She is a great person and a great player and works hard so it was great to see City players doing so well on the world stage.”
Although Weir is full of praise for her teammates there can be no question that she has been a key driving force behind City’s 100 per cent start to the season.
The former Arsenal and Liverpool player came up with a stunning winner in the first ever Manchester derby on the opening weekend of the WSL season and is determined to chase more trophies for the blue half of the city this year.
“When I am playing I hope to be influencing the game with goals and assists because we want to be going for trophies this year,” she added.
“There are things we need to improve on for sure if we want to build on last season but I am just hoping for a successful year for the whole team.
“The WSL is only going to get more competitive and there have been a lot of foreign players joining the league which I think is great for the fans too.”