Manchester City defender Alex Greenwood is the February winner of the PFA Vertu Motors WSL Fans' Player of the Month in recognition of her performances.
Greenwood edged the final vote with 24% of all that were cast, narrowly ahead of Leicester’s Jemma Purfield. Chelsea’s Jess Carter finished in third place, while Millie Bright, Ashleigh Neville and Ashleigh Plumptre had also been included in the strong six-player shortlist.
For Greenwood, her displays in February further underlined her transition into a world class centre-back since returning to English football in 2020. Her ability on the ball and reading of the game makes her both a top defender and a key first point of attack.
The 28-year-old saw a huge amount of the ball as City faced Chelsea in the WSL to begin the month, having more touches than almost all of her teammates, and was unfortunate to end up on the losing side at the end of a very tightly fought game.
She played 13 accurate long passes that day to illustrate her role as play-maker. Her set-piece delivery also gave City an important attacking outlet in the difficult weather conditions.
A week later in the second of City’s two WSL games in February, Greenwood was probably the best player on the pitch in the Manchester derby. She passed so well, saw even more of the ball than she had done against Chelsea, and defended on the front foot with her reading of the game to stifle what a usually vibrant Manchester United attack were able to create with the ball.
Greenwood deserves additional credit for February because she was able to maintain her high-level output despite a revolving door of defensive partners, which some players could find unsettling. She was partnered by Ruby Mace against Chelsea, and later Alanna Kennedy in the derby, but that has also been a feature of much of the season due to numerous defensive injuries.
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