Anna Patten is enjoying new horizons in her loan spell at Aston Villa, together with working below an skilled feminine coach in Carla Ward – one thing that has not been the norm in her profession.”It’s been nice, she’s made me really feel very comfy right here and set out the plan of what it will appear like going ahead,” Patten stated in an unique interview with Sky Sports’ Charlotte Marsh after becoming a member of the membership from Arsenal.
“The relationship she has with all of the gamers is one thing that excites me and it is all the time one thing that is actually good inside a crew.”For me as effectively, I actually do respect working below feminine coaches and I have not performed that a lot in my profession so I’m actually going to take this chance, particularly with somebody like Carla.”There are a lot of feminine coaches right here in the Women’s Super League, however I personally have not performed below many. She’s performed earlier than, she understands what it is prefer to play in a feminine crew and issues like that. Although I hope it is not an excessive amount of of a novel scenario, for me, it’s. I simply sit up for that and that player-manager relationship you may have.
“I had some good chats with Carla. She was actually useful in telling me to come back right here and to assist me develop as a participant.
Anna is a key signing for us and can convey each high quality and expertise to the crew. She is a younger English participant with large potential and we consider this can be a nice likelihood for her to proceed her improvement.
Aston Villa supervisor Carla Ward after signing Anna Patten
“I noticed Aston Villa as a membership the place I may develop, together with the assistant coach being a centre half in his enjoying days, I knew I’d get these little phrases of knowledge as effectively so it appeared like an excellent match.
“Also together with watching how the ladies have performed all through the season and the power the crew has to play, I feel that is essential, and the standard throughout the crew. That was one other issue in selecting Villa.”At the age of twenty-two, it’s the proper time for Patten to unfold her wings. The defender started her profession at Arsenal – a childhood fan of the membership – earlier than enjoying faculty soccer in the United States. She returned to the Barclays FA Women’s Super League a yr in the past, however has discovered sport time laborious to come back by in an Arsenal squad jam-packed with stars.Patten defined: “Although it has been nice at Arsenal and coaching with the standard gamers that they’ve, I simply felt like I wanted to start out getting sport time now in the WSL, placing my identify again on the market and exhibiting individuals what I’m about.
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Highlights of the Women’s Super League conflict between Aston Villa and Tottenham
“It appeared like the fitting step to come back to a membership that can assist me develop better as a participant and get these minutes.”What was a bit completely different is for our first week, we have been cut up up a little bit bit for Covid causes, which is sensible coming again from the break and we have been put into separate altering rooms.”The amenities are nice, the chef is insane, I’m loving the meals. The coaches have been in and out a bit, however this week, we have began with everybody and it is actually beginning to take form.”Maz [Pacheco] has been actually useful, she’s one of many gamers I do know the perfect right here. But everybody has been very welcoming, I do know Ruesha [Littlejohn] fairly effectively by means of Katie [McCabe] and she or he’s positively a enjoyable character to be round, serving to me really feel very welcome in her personal particular manner.”
The centre-back has additionally performed at right-back and in midfield in her profession
Patten may make her Aston Villa debut this weekend towards Manchester City. Her intention for that sport – and the rest of the season – can be a clear sheet and three factors as Aston Villa look to push up the WSL desk.”I’m actually excited,” Patten stated of her potential debut. “It’s clearly a difficult sport to start out, however I feel that is all the time the easiest way to start out as effectively, throwing your self proper into the deep finish.”I feel it will be an incredible sport, there’s fairly just a few women I do know at City as effectively, which I feel will make it a bit extra enjoyable. I sit up for it and hope I can carry out in the Villa shirt.”City have all the time been a crew with a lot of high quality and I feel it shocked lots of people with the patch that they had. But in the event you have a look at City by means of the years, it is their pattern of coming again after the winter break and being fairly unstoppable. But we’re positively going to look to cease them this weekend.
Anna Patten is able to make her Aston Villa debut after every week of coaching
“This season, I need to get actually good minutes below my belt, develop as a participant and I feel that is the fitting membership for that.”With Villa, the intention is to get as many factors as we are able to and preserve a lot of clear sheets. I feel that is one thing that each defender ought to pleasure themselves on, that is one thing we’ll positively look to do and it is a focus of ours in this a part of the season.”Another cause for me approaching loan and getting in minutes is as a result of I’ve been with the England U23s just lately, and so they’ve been attempting to emphasize that they watch each sport, so in the event you’re not enjoying, how can they choose and asses you?”So for me, now having the chance to play a lot of minutes and show myself, I’m hoping it’ll put my identify a bit extra on the market and take a chance that I can get.”Developing as a centre half and England hopes
Arsenal have a plethora of centre-backs in their squad, together with Lotte Wubben-Moy
So a lot is Arsenal’s power in depth, Patten has been used as a secondary right-back for a lot of the season below Jonas Eidevall, with Noelle Maritz the primary selection.But the 22-year-old sees herself as a centre-back, with Arsenal additionally having Leah Williamson, Jen Beattie, Simone Boye, Viki Schnaderbeck and Lotte Wubben-Moy vying for a similar spots.As Arsenal ready for his or her Champions League marketing campaign in early August, Patten additionally had a spell in midfield – someplace she additionally performed throughout her faculty days – however remains to be concentrating on that defensive position.”It’s all the time good to be versatile, however shifting ahead, centre half might be the place that fits me finest,” she stated.”I’ve additionally had these chats with Mo Marley with the U23s, and I’m not saying now that it is the solely place I’ll play, versatility is nice, however I feel it is a place I can actually star creating and do effectively in.”Not going to lie, I really like attacking so if I ever can sneak up the pitch typically, I do not thoughts it. But for now, I’m proud of centre half.”
Anna Patten has performed for England at youth group stage, most just lately for the U23s
The affect of England U23s – coached by ladies’s soccer legend Marley – is a theme that continues to permeate all through the interview. But with the senior facet making ready for the upcoming residence European Championships, is Patten hoping to stake her declare?”In the senior crew, there are such a lot of sturdy gamers which can be in rivalry and plenty of gamers which can be coming again,” she stated.”For me, the main target is simply to maintain enjoying now, hopefully preserve going to U23s camps. Hopefully in the event you play your finest, that does lend you to a scenario the place you would possibly get a chance the place you go to a senior camp.”I’ll positively take that with each arms and soar proper into it, however I’ll additionally realistically assume that Sarina [Weigman] has most likely received a pool in the intervening time and purely primarily based off how little minutes I’ve performed to date this season, it is most likely laborious to place myself in there.”But you by no means know what will occur over the following 4 or 5 months and I’m simply going to carry out to the perfect that I can and if it creates a chance then it does and I sit up for that, however you simply by no means know.”