Brazil happy with home comforts

It was an enjoyable season for Albion forward Ellie Brazil in 2018/19, after she returned to England from a year-long spell with Fiorentina in Italy.

By Jake Ketley • 21 August 2019

The 20-year-old managed to score her first-ever Barclays FA Women’s Super League goal, and she reflected on her first season back in her native country.

She said, “It was exactly what I wanted. I wanted to come back to a physical game instead of a technical game and I think I definitely got that. So on the whole I thoroughly enjoyed it.

“When I was with teams previously in the WSL I hadn’t scored a goal in the league, so for me coming back here and getting myself on the scoresheet wasn’t something I was thinking about at the time, but reflecting back on it, I’m happy about that. I’m also not happy because only scoring four goals in a season isn’t what I want to achieve.

“As a team we are implementing new things and getting stronger. Every day, the more and more we train together the stronger we get, the more we get to know each other and form a bond with one another. If the team are close it will make us better on the pitch as individuals and as a group, and that will give us better opportunities in games to create chances and score goals.”

By Kieran Cleeves
Ellie Brazil

The forward was mainly utilised by manager Hope Powell from a wider position as opposed to her more natural centre forward role last season, and Brazil admits it is something she relishes.

“I have enjoyed playing wider. I’m more used to playing through the middle as a number nine, but I was coached well on how to operate on the wing and it was fun to have someone behind me to support me throughout everything,” she continued.

“I think it was a good way to show my pace and show what I have to give. The defensive side was obviously the hardest part and as an attacker all I want to do is attack.

“But I do love the grit of it and having to defend against the other teams in the league, especially the top teams.”

By Kieran Cleeves
Ellie Brazil

Brazil has regularly been called up for the England under-21 squad over the past year, and as well as talking about her aims for the upcoming season, she insists that playing well for Albion remains her number one focus.

“Everyone says it and it’s a cliché, but it is an honour to play for your country. For me to have the opportunity to do that is a great achievement. However, I’ve always said that I wouldn’t be able to get to that place individually without the help from my team.

“So all my concentration is with Brighton and if England opportunities come then that’s great, but if they don’t then all my concentration will be with Brighton.

“Personally, I’m aiming for more goals this season. I have other individual aims in my head that I want to achieve but I just want to be a part of it, and make a positive difference to help the team to finish as high up in the league as possible.

“I don’t want us to be fighting for relegation, we are a much better team than that and we’re too good to be doing that. I hope that we get our chance to show that when we play next season.”