Le Tissier hungry for more success

Maya Le Tissier spoke about an incredible hunger to continue her rapid rise at the club, and is determined to do everything possible to stay in Hope Powell’s plans.

By James Hilsum • 11 December 2019

By Paul Hazlewood
Maya Le Tissier talks to the media ahead of the London City match.

The 17-year-old has made ten appearances in all competitions so far this season, but refuses to take anything for granted in her quest to keep a place in the squad.

She said, “When you’re at a club like Brighton, you will be given opportunities. It’s about me doing everything I can to get on the pitch because you’re up against professionals, so you have to do something special to get out there and do a job for the team.

“Coming to Brighton was a big step from playing back home, but I had always dreamt of playing in the WSL, and I’m really looking forward to what’s to come.

“It’s never going to come to you on a plate, so you have to work hard to impress the staff and get your chance.

“When you get your chance, you have to make sure you take it, otherwise you won’t get many more. I’ve just been working hard in training and am enjoying it so much at the moment.”

By Kyle Hemsley
Maya Le Tissier in action against Manchester United.

Le Tissier has been used as both a centre-back and a central midfielder, and explained she has learned a number of valuable lessons by playing in both positions.

“I have enjoyed playing in both positions, as they have different aspects to them. I’ve made a few starts at centre-back and some in central midfield.

“At centre-mid you get a bit more of the ball and start to ping it about a bit. Whereas at centre-half, it’s all about making those last-ditch tackles, and ensuring that you’re leading by example at the back within the game plan.

“I like taking more leadership at the back, but in midfield I’m getting the ball a bit more and am making an impact on the games as well.” 


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Le Tissier's London City press conference

Attention turned to tonight’s Continental League Cup game against London City Lionesses, and the teenager says she will rise to the challenge of being favourites.

“We’ll go into the game expecting to win. From that aspect there’s a bit of pressure, but that’s what we like, and we’ll give it everything we can to get through to the quarter-finals.

"After Sunday’s game, it will be good to have another match coming round so quickly. We want to put that result behind us from the weekend and focus on getting the right result tonight.”