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Dagny Brynjarsdottir has settled in well at West Ham since joining the WSL club in January, according to Michelle Irons.
The 29-year-old midfielder joined the Hammers from Icelandic side Selfoss and upon her arrival, she confirmed she arrived in East London as a West Ham fan.
As quoted by West Ham’s official website, Brynjarsdottir said in January: “It’s a dream to be joining the club that I have supported all of my life.”
Brynjarsdottir has since made three WSL appearances for the Irons, playing in defeats to Chelsea and Manchester United as well as the 2-2 draw with Birmingham.
Although Michelle Irons had never heard of the former Portland Thorns and Bayern Munich player, she’s been happy with what she’s seen so far.
Speaking to West Ham Zone, she said: “To be brutally honest I’d never heard of Dagny before she joined West Ham but she’s started brightly and adapted to the WSL. She plays as though she’s been with us for years.
“I like her work rate in midfield; she’s tall and has an eye for a set-piece. She also links up well with Kate Longhurst and allows Emily van Egmond to get forward more.
“I can see her being a success for us and having an influence on games that maybe we need to grind out.
Brynjarsdottir had the pleasure of playing at Old Trafford on Saturday against Manchester United.
Unfortunately, the match ended as a 2-0 defeat for Olli Harder’s team but the Iceland international still managed to stand out as one of West Ham’s best performers.
Michelle Irons added: “Dagny had a number of attempts at goal against Man United but I can see her getting a goal soon. Overall I think she’s fitted in well with that midfield dynamic with Kate, Emily and Kenza Dali.
“Having been a West Ham fan for many years, Dagny will be a fan favourite.
“We’re looking forward to going back in the stadiums to see the new signings. Hopefully soon.”
According to stats by FBRef, Brynjarsdottir ranks in the top one per cent one WSL players for aerial duels that have been won per 90 minutes in the last year [5.13].
She also ranks in the top four per cent for clearances [3.76], in the top 11 per cent for pressures [25.32] and in the top 12 per cent for interceptions [2.05].
Brynjarsdottir has certainly added some extra grit to the West Ham midfield and that could come in very handy over the coming weeks as Harder aims to steer his side away from the WSL’s relegation zone.
As it stands, West Ham are bottom of the table with five matches left to play.
Only one point separates them and 10th-placed Aston Villa, who the Hammers play at Victoria Road next month in their next WSL match after travelling to Reading this weekend.
In other West Ham Women news, the Hammers impressed despite losing at Old Trafford at the weekend.