Man City women got off to a great start in the Women’s Super League and the Champions League, however, are they going to regret losing this player later down the line?
Nick Cushing’s side started sloppy against Man United in the opening game of the season but thanks to a bit of magic from Caroline Weir, they managed to take all three points. They were back in action again this week against Lugano and were much more impressive as they won 7-1.
Ahead of their campaign in the Women’s Super League, Nick Cushing’s has some recruiting to do and brought in England favourite, Ellen White. The only issue was, he had to let go of Nikita Parris. She signed for Olympique Lyon and is now playing alongside England teammate, Lucy Bronze.
Man City won’t look back now that Parris has moved on, however, Nick Cushing may regret letting her go if the Blues manage to advance in the Champions League. 25-year-old Parris is a goal scorer and she’s proved that already for Lyon when she scored after only 3 minutes against Marseille.
Lyon is also second in their league after taking all 6 points from 2 games and their goal difference also stands on an impressive 11.
Man City obviously had a great opening campaign in the Champions League, although, so did Lyon. They managed to beat Ryazan 9-0. So let’s say both teams advance to the later stages of the competition, they could end up facing each other.
They’ve met before in the semi-final stages and Man City have been knocked out by Lyon. If this happens again, Nikita Parris could be a threat to the Blues and this is where the regrets will come from.
Man City has the strength and options of other talented players to fill positions, so they shouldn’t be too bothered by the loss of Parris until it comes to the latter stages of the Champions League.
Her experience and talent will see her perform well for Lyon and only get better. However, it will be nice for Parris to return to Manchester to see her old teammates, it just won’t be nice to see her being on the winning team if City can’t go all the way.