O'Sullivan: I'm enjoying challenge of WSL

Albion's Republic of Ireland international admits English league presents different challenges.

By Charlie Hanson • 03 November 2020

By Paul Hazlewood
Denise O'Sullivan has been a regular for Albion since her arrival on loan.

Denise O'Sullivan says that although there are similarities, the physical and technical side of English football are a step-up to what she’s been used to in the United States.

The 26-year-old was Hope Powell's last addition of the summer transfer window, arriving on loan until the end of 2020 from North Carolina Courage.

“I am really enjoying it here. I have been at the club for a month-and-a-half now and the girls have made me feel so welcome.

“It's been tough getting used to the league, but hopefully people feel I am doing well and I want to keep pushing on and helping the team improve.

By Paul Hazlewood
Denise O'Sullivan in action on her debut against Manchester City.

“The quality of the leagues are similar, but the style of play is quite different. It's a lot more technical here and it's very physical – there’s always a battle in the middle of the park. In the US it's a lot more about transitional play, it's up and down, very athletic, I would say they are the main differences.

“I am not sure I have quite adjusted just yet but I will!”

Albion take on Championship side Charlton Athletic in the Continental Cup tomorrow night, before facing second-bottom Aston Villa in the WSL on Sunday.

“We will go into the Conti Cup game with the same attitude as we do for league games. We won't be complacent, Charlton are a good side and the Championship is a very competitive league.

“But we will go into it with confidence, and if we work hard and stick together I'm sure we can get a good result.”