By George Overhill

19th Jul, 2022 | 10:10pm

Everton Women expert baffled by Sandy MacIver move to Manchester City

We’re delighted to welcome Peter MacFarlane, member of the Everton Women Official Supporters Club, as our exclusive Everton Women expert.

Everton Women expert Peter MacFarlane is confused and disappointed by the exit of starting goalkeeper Sandy MacIver to Manchester City.

The 24-year-old has been a strong performer for the Toffees, including a player-of-the-match performance in the FA Cup final defeat to her now employers, and had broken into the England side during her time at the club.

She may now have to settle for a place on the bench, and after the exits of club stalwarts Danielle Turner and Simone Magill, as well as Poppy Pattinson and Grace Clinton, it is an additional disappointment, although the new contract for presumed number one Courtney Brosnan has provided a boost.

Speaking exclusively to Goodison News, MacFarlane said: “Sandy MacIver’s move to Manchester City seems to be the strangest one of all the recent exits.

“Ellie Roebuck is firmly Manchester City’s first choice goalkeeper, and a couple of years younger than Sandy.

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“I appreciate that competition for places can improve a player, but playing regular football surely has to be the priority, especially for goalkeepers, where squad rotation doesn’t really apply as much as it does for an outfield player.

“I think that Sandy will really struggle to get into the City team, which is a shame as I think she has a lot of potential.

“It would be a travesty to see that potential going to waste if she’s sat on the bench for the next two or three years with the odd cup game in between.

“Thankfully for us we announced this week that Ireland’s number one, Courtney Brosnan, has signed a new deal, so hopefully losing Sandy shouldn’t really have too much of an impact on us.

“Courtney was used sparingly last season, but in her appearances to date she has shown what a great goalkeeper she is.

“Courtney also brings a level of enthusiasm which she showed even when she wasn’t playing last season.

“I’m delighted that Courtney’s contract extension gave us a bit of good news after a turbulent month, and I’m looking forward to more positive announcements in the coming weeks.”

There has been a lot of change at the club this offseason and it will take time for some fans to process the departures of important and well-liked players.

MacIver looked to be on a strong path having made it into the senior international set-up despite the difficulties the club has been through recently, so it is a shame to see her go.

But her potential loss should be Brosnan’s gain and she will be joined by the supporters in hoping she can fully grasp the opportunity in the upcoming season.