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Profile-wise, Beth Mead is a small and quick centre forward, lethal in front of the goal. She was mainly used by Sunderland to run behind the opposition defence using her pace. Obviously, she was used in a counter attacking team with a lot of space in front of her and it will be interesting to see her develop her game with a team that has a more possession-based philosophy like Arsenal.
It behoves all of us in the women’s football community to ensure that Sunderland’s women do not go the same way [as Rangers].Ever since the days of Liz Deighan, Pauline Chilton and Christine Hutchinson, the north-east has been a hotbed of the English women’s game. ... But with the exodus of full-timers already underway, it seems the best the club can hope for is a period of consolidation at WSL 2 level. And the prompt appearance of a more reliable income stream.(Women's Football Archivewomensfootballarchive.com/2017/01/23/sunderland-and-the-wsl-professionalism-in-english-womens-football)