Kaagman: Albion environment the best I've been in

Midfielder delighted to sign new one-year contract.

By Charlie Hanson • 18 August 2021

By Kyle Hemsley
Inessa Kaagman finished as Albion's top scorer last season.

Inessa Kaagman says the great atmosphere in the Albion dressing room is one of the main reasons she committed her future to the club.

Kaagman, 25, has signed a one-year contract and will report back for pre-season training this week after playing in the Tokyo Olympics.

The Netherlands international was Albion’s top scorer in the WSL last season with eight goals, converting all four penalties she took.

“I was really happy with my performances in the first year, especially when you look at the numbers. It gives me confidence that I can build on it.

“There were as many penalties than goals from open play, but a goal is a goal so I am glad to have scored all of them.

“Last season was really good for us, but we always want to improve. From February we had a really good run and we want to avoid dips in form this time round. We want to push for the top half again and we’re still in the FA Cup as well.”

The former Everton and Ajax midfielder says her game kicked on under Powell last season, with the positive dressing room atmosphere being a massive factor.

By Kyle Hemsley
The midfielder joined from Everton at the beginning of the 2020/21 season.

“I improved my game working with Hope [Powell] last season and I worked a lot on the mental side – demanding the most out of myself and trying not to drift out of games.

“We need to keep demanding a high level from ourselves, we need to stick together, because as a group we are really strong.

“I was really welcomed by everyone last year. I have never been in such a good environment. There is also that competitive edge as well as we have to demand the highest levels from each other on the pitch.”

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