Women's Team

Taylor: The sky is the limit for 'street fighter' Kelly

City manager Gareth Taylor insists Chloe Kelly is capable of reaching the very highest level after another standout performance in our 3-0 Champions League last 16 first leg win over Fiorentina.

The winger provided the cross for Lauren Hemp’s opener inside two minutes, and was once again on hand to clip a typically inch-perfect ball to the back post for Sam Mewis to add a third late on.

And while Taylor pointed out that Kelly is still not yet the finished article, he highlighted her tenacity and willingness to learn as key reasons for her meteoric rise since joining from Everton.

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“There's still a lot of room for improvement, but the beauty with Chloe is that she’s very coachable, she wants to learn and improve,” the City boss said of our right winger.

“I love her attitude to want to get better and do well for the team, she’s a real team player.

“On the pitch she’s a street fighter, she’s dynamic and doesn’t get bullied off the ball and I love that about her.

“The fact that she’s got that growth mindset means there’s no limit to how far she can go.”

While Kelly’s impressive form is rightfully being talked about, the return of Sam Mewis to the fold has provided a welcome boost to City with the games coming thick and fast.

The US international made her long awaited return from injury in Sunday’s 4-0 victory over Birmingham and, since then, has notched three goals in just two appearances.

Taylor is delighted by how the midfielder has immediately hit the ground running, and believes both hers and the team’s fine form is pushing everyone to give 100% at all times.

“It’s great (to have Sam Mewis back) and she’s had two periods on the pitch at Birmingham and tonight and she’s scored three goals.

“That’s the beauty of the front five as I call them, no matter what personnel we put out, everyone’s really contributing.

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“And the players are enjoying that challenge knowing they have to produce because we’ve got players who can come on from the bench and ignite it as well.”

Our first leg victory over Fiorentina represented a sixth straight win in all competitions, with City losing just one of their last 12 matches.

But while our hot streak may have turned a few heads in the Women’s Super League and across the continent, Taylor has called for his players to not get drawn in by the plaudits.

“I think we just need to concentrate on what we can affect,” he said.

“We need to work on Everton now, the next game is so important and once that’s done we look to the next one.

“Once we start thinking about what other people are thinking or about the game three or four down the road, it’s not the right way to do it.

“We need to remain focused, we can’t have any complacency, we need to work hard on the training pitches, make sure everyone recovers in the right manner and get ready for Sunday.”