Georgia Brougham says she has been impressed with the manner that Everton Ladies' new quartet have settled in.
Dutch midfielders Inessa Kaagman and Dominique Bruinenberg have arrived from Ajax and Sunderland respectively, alongside Abbey-Leigh Stringer from Birmingham City and England Under-20s striker Hannah Cain.
Vice captain Brougham admits the characters of the players have helped them settle into life on Merseyside and has been pleased to see them adapt quickly, especially while away in Gibraltar this week.
Speaking after Everton’s 6-0 win over LA Salsa SC on Monday night, in which Brougham grabbed a brace alongside maiden goals also for Kaagman and Cain, the central defender was quick to praise the new Blue Girls’ attitude and ability since they joined the Club.
“I think the new girls have fitted in really well and they have added serious quality, as shown by Inessa’s two goals against LA Salsa and then Dom (Bruinenberg) gave me my assist, too," she said. "They have come in and have looked like they have been playing with us for a while now so the mood is good.
“They have been brilliant since they have come here, they are really good characters and have fitted in really well with the squad. We are a young group and the girls are similar ages and have all bonded really well.
"Inessa and Dom are bouncy characters. They are quality players and have added that as well as being brilliant girls. Their English is very good and it makes it easier that the likes of Siri [Worm] is already here.
“Hannah has a lot of potential. She is a young player and has a great finish on her as well as very quick feet. She will be a great threat for us this season.
" And Abbey-Leigh can do both the defensive and attacking roles in midfield. We have changed formations and it has suited the personnel we have. The midfielders have great competition which is what you want.”
In the victory on Monday night, Brougham notched her first and second goals since her header against Bristol City in the FA Cup last season, and the centre-back was pleased to not only contribute in the win, but also to keep a clean-sheet.
“I am a defender so first and foremost I am there to stop goals going in the back of the net," she added. "I have to say clean sheets are what I prefer but it is always a bonus to get on the scoresheet.
“I am not used to scoring one let alone two but more importantly we got the win to start off the tournament in the best way possible.
"They were my first goals since Bristol and I think that is my trademark finish - jumping in to get that glancing header over the goalkeeper!
"We work on set pieces in training so it is good when it pays off.”