The Foxes have their first signing of 2023! Forward Remy Siemsen signed from Sydney FC in the Australian A-League. Siemsen is 23 years old, around 5’4, and is right footed. Her professional career started in 2016 with Sydney FC and she’s spent most of it playing in the Australian league. She’s had two short stints outside of Australia, at California Storm in the US women’s 2nd tier league in 2018 and then in 2022 she spent about six months at AIK in the Swedish league. Siemsen made her debut for the senior national team in 2021, and since has played in six matches for the Matildas.
Siemsen’s arrival should spark hope for much needed goals in the second half of the season. Leicester sits bottom of the table with no points scored from nine matches, and only one goal scored in the first half of the season. Siemsen was co-winner of the golden boot for the 2020/2021 season in Australian A-League. She had seven goals that season. It’s not clear whether goal scoring in the A-League will translate to goals in the WSL, but the instinct to shoot and assists are there.
All indicators suggest Siemsen should be a hit for the Foxes. She can carry the ball to create chances for herself or poach on 2nd chances or mistakes from the opponents. Most of her goals come from inside the box, with six inside the box in 2020/2021 and all five from inside the box in 2021/2022. Siemsen does prefer her right foot but she has scored with the left foot, with two goals from her golden boot season coming off the left foot.
One of the biggest contributions likely for Siemsen is being a target for crosses into the box or set pieces. In her golden boot season she scored two goals using her head, both from a set piece. Purfield’s delivery has sorely needed someone to put her well delivered balls into the back of the net and Siemsen looks up to the task.
One concern with Siemsen is that she is used to playing for a team that either wins the league or finishes in one of the top spots each season. The one season (2018/2019) she played for bottom of the league side, Western Sydney Wanderers, she didn’t score any goals. It will be a mental test to see if she is up to a scrappy (and desperate) first season in the WSL.
Siemson’s transfer still needs approval from the league, but if that can be completed by the weekend we may see her come on as a substitute. The Foxes first league match of 2023 is Sunday January 15th, taking on Brighton & Hove Albion. Brighton are in 11th place in the league, with seven points. This will be a match where Leicester must come away with a point.