It’s one of the worst things that can happen to any football player; spending a long time on the sidelines due to injury. Every ambitious player wants to be in the thick of things. For most, having the opportunity to play regularly and help the team reach its goals is deeply satisfying, even fulfilling. But for Pauline Bremer, the last two years at Manchester City have been disappointing on many fronts.
Not only has she not been able to do what she loves, she has watched from the sidelines as her aspirations for the season have gradually faded away. But not anymore. The 23-year-old has regained full fitness just in time to make a telling contribution to Nick Cushing’s side in this campaign. She has been instrumental to the team’s progress so far. At the moment she is the most in-form striker in the Women’s Super League. With 10 goals in five games, the best return in the women’s game, that is difficult to argue against.
The German striker netted a hat-trick against Sheffield United in the Women’s League Cup recently, taking her tally in the new year to seven goals. Although Arsenal’s Vivianne Miedema tops the scoring charts in the WSL with 16 strikes, Bremer has done well for herself with nine in the bag.
The duo will go head-to-head when the Sky Blues clash with Arsenal next month in what could have a huge impact on where the title heads this term. The City striker could prove crucial in the encounter if her current form is anything to go by. Defending champions Arsenal came unstuck against Emma Hayes’ Chelsea who seem to have their number. Chelsea thrashed Arsenal 4-1 to help City leapfrog the Gunners to the top of the log. The Cityzens now have their destiny in their own hands.
Helping her team to beat Arsenal and subsequently to a first league title would bring Bremer’s time at City full circle. After having a torrid time in the first two seasons at the club due to injuries, achieving league success will be quite fulfilling.
For now though, she just has to keep her feet on the ground and concentrate on doing her best while enjoying her football. Fortunately, she knows that as she stated after the Sheffield United game.
“I think I just enjoy it at the moment. I struggled with injuries over the last two years and now I just feel really fit and healthy,” Bremer said.
“I think that’s the most important thing, to stay fit, and just enjoy the moment and hope it will continue like that.”
We wish her and the team the best.