Saying that Friday was action packed for Manchester United Football Club would be an understatement. After the announcements of Hannah Blundell and Jadon Sancho, most people felt that would be it for the day, such was the fanfare for their signings. United had other plans and gave us one final treat. Goalkeeper Sophie Baggaley had signed from Bristol City.
Her addition unquestionably strengthens the goalkeeping department. The 24 year old has played for England at all the junior levels. She has also impressed for Bristol City despite them struggling the past couple of years. She now gets to reunite with former Bristol City teammate and roommate, Millie Turner. Furthermore, rumoured new head coach, Marc Skinner, is someone Baggaley worked under while at Birmingham City. Thus making the transition to Manchester United that much easier for her.
Whilst she is not recognised as a top tier keeper yet, she definitely has the talent to become one. Having already won a FA WFA Players’ Player of the Year and PFA Team of the Year award, she has the pedigree to challenge Mary Earps for that starting berth.
We have already seen on many occasions that she is a fantastic shot stopper. What is promising is that she has shown glimmers of a strong passing range. Her goal kicks in particular are some of the best in the league. So, her addition at worst will push the whole group of goalkeepers to step up a level. Furthermore, her experience in going to the League Cup Final with Bristol City last season will no doubt be invaluable to the squad as a whole.
She joins on a 2 year deal with an option for a further year. Although, the hope is that she is able to become one of the best keepers for club and country for many years to come.