Ipswich Town resigned former academy product Georgia Allen from Syracuse University last month and fans won’t be blamed for having high exceptions for the 22-year-old Midfielder.
Georgia started her footballing days as part of Town’s Centre of Excellence from the ages of 6 to 12. She then went on to become Captain of Arsenal’s u17, leading the team to an unbeaten season in 2014/2015. Georgia played her way through the ranks at the Gunners and was named on the subs bench for their League Cup Final in 2015 against Notts County. Alongside her on the bench was Chloe Kelly, who has recently signed for Manchester City Ladies. That season Georgia was promoted to the Arsenal u18s.
Georgia went on to make a few appearances for the Arsenal senior team in the WSL and League Cup, playing alongside big names such as Alex Scott, Rachel Yankey and Casey Stoney. Georgia came on as a sub against Manchester City in August 2015 against Manchester City whose team consisted of big names Steph Houghton, Jill Scott, Lucy Bronze and Toni Duggan.
After turning 18, Georgia signed on a Scholarship with East Tennessee State University. She went on to earn Freshman All-Southern Conference honours before transferring to Syracuse University where she went on to captain the Orange from 2018 and made 44 appearances, scoring 4 goals in the process.
Georgia has also been part of the England set-up, most notably, scoring the winning penalty against France in the 2018 u20s FIFA Women’s World Cup Third-Place Play-Off to win the bronze medal. Georgia played alongside players such as Georgia Stanway and Lauren Hemp.
The Ipswich midfield already has a decent quality and some good youngsters pushing into the First Team. It will be interesting to see how they live up to the challenge of competing with someone with Georgia’s experience. Town Captain, Amanda Crump, is currently expecting her second child which may pave the way for Georgia to come into the team while the skipper is out of action, and possibly take the captaincy given her past leadership experience?.
Amanda contributed massively last season with goals and assists so if Georgia is to step into her position in the team, I think this role would suit her perfectly and give her the chance to express her ability more and allow her to move forward to help the attack. Although, youngster Eloise King really stepped up with her goals last season and could make this an interesting battle, while also giving Manager Joe Sheehan a selection headache that I’m sure he would welcome.
Could we, possibly, also see a change in Joe Sheehan’s approach to utilise the midfielders?. We seen last season the Wingers moved to a more Wing Back role. This could fit in with a 4 player central Midfield in a diamond shape and giving the Wing Backs the freedom to move forward to assist the Striker and provide width without leaving a stranded defensive 3. We seen Sophie Peskett and Ellie Rossiter play a similar defensive role for part of last season.
Hopefully we won’t have to wait long before we see, but good luck to Georgia and welcome home!.