Manchester City Women manager Gareth Taylor has revealed that top scorer Bunny Shaw has been working with club legend Shaun Goater.
During his five and a half years at the Manchester club, Goater scored 89 times in 173 appearances, and Taylor says he has asked the retired forward to work with Shaw, in order to improve parts of her game:
“The Bunny and Shaun [partnership] is in its infancy but something I was considering quite a bit around November time. Sometimes when you’re fortunate enough to work in an organisation like this, there’s lots of expertise. Sometimes we don’t tend to have a look at what others might bring. Shaun was a different type of striker, he worked hard on his movements and was really good at it. One run for the defender, one for the ball.”
“When you have expertise under your nose like we have, there’s always good opportunities to sync people up and learn from them. She can work on movement within the box and we’ve lent on him [Shaun] to help her out and have some good conversations, potentially going through some clips with her on an individual basis.”
It’s not as though Shaw really needs much help. She is leading the scoring charts in the Women’s Super League, with nine goals in 10 appearances so far.
The 25-year-old has already matched her goal total for last season, having played seven matches fewer, while she has an outstanding record at international level for Jamaica.
As Taylor says, though, there is always room for improvement, and it appears the focus has been on Shaw’s movement in the box. If she improves that aspect of her game, the forward could prove to be unstoppable.