Vivianne Miedema: Arsenal & Netherlands striker named FWA Women’s Footballer of Year

Vivianne Miedema: Arsenal & Netherlands striker named FWA Women's Footballer of Year

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Arsenal and Netherlands ahead Vivianne Miedema has been named the Football Writers’ Association Women’s Footballer of the Year.

The 23-year-old, who missed out on the award final season by a single vote, beat Chelsea’s Bethany England by one vote to win the 2020 accolade.

Miedema was the Women’s Super League’s prime scorer in 2019-20 with 16 targets.

She can be her nation’s main goalscorer and helped the Netherlands attain final 12 months’s World Cup remaining.

“This was a close-run decision because of the brilliant breakout season that Beth England had with the Lionesses and WSL champions Chelsea,” mentioned Jen O’Neill, chair of the FWA’s ladies’s subcommittee.

“However, Vivianne’s clinical efficiency in front of goal and her seemingly effortless poise, can mean her all-round ability and footballing intelligence are sometimes overlooked. She is a worthy winner and a world-class performer.

“With extra assists than some other WSL participant this season, she can be a priceless creator of openings for team-mates, dropping to gather the ball and enjoying in others, or making area along with her motion.”

Miedema is the third recipient of the Football Writers’ award, following Nikita Parris in 2019 and Fran Kirby in 2018.

Runner-up England helped Chelsea win the WSL title in 2019-20.

The Blues have been declared champions on a points-per-game foundation and moved above Manchester City, who have been prime of the desk when the league was halted due to the coronavirus pandemic, with Arsenal in third place.

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