Big future ahead for Leah
Big future ahead for Leah

Leah Williamson, 17, was named England’s Youth Player of the Year following her impressive performances for the Under-19 and Under-20 teams.

Leah played in all three of England’s group matches at the FIFA Women’s Under-20 World Cup in Canada last year.

She will now be aiming for inclusion in England’s senior squad for the FIFA Women’s World Cup, also taking place in Canada later in the year.

Leah also became a regular starter for Arsenal Ladies, as they won the 2014 Women’s FA Cup.

Speaking to Sky Sports Arsenal Ladies team-mate Jordan Nobbs puts Leah’s progress down to having a sound work ethic.

Nobbs told Sky Sports “Even in training I knew she was going to be something special.

“You can see that drive in her and when I look at her I see some of the attributes that I had. She runs around and works so hard as a player.

“If you’ve got that you can get a lot further in life and I think she fully deserved that award. I think she’ll be a massive part of our squad in the future.

On Leah’s versatility to play in a number of positions, Jordan added.

“You can put her anywhere on the pitch and she’ll be able to do a great job. I think that just shows her talent.

“I’m sure she’ll get a set position soon and make a fantastic job of it. Hopefully [Arsenal boss] Pedro [Martinez Losa] can find that right place for her and she can be a massive part of our club.

“Hopefully she keeps improving and I can play next to her as well. She’s the type of person I’d want to play with.

“Anyone who has a work rate like that I know I can definitely work off.

“If I can ever teach her anything I will, but if I can be next to her playing then we’ll have a strong midfield.”