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Bedford aims to intensify Leicester’s battle for front-line spots with loan signings of Goodwin and Gregory

LYDIA BEDFORD wants to increase competition for positions in Leicester’s attack following the loan signings of Missy Goodwin and Freya Gregory.

Aston Villa’s stars will be in the squad to face Reading after a number of cases of Covid-19 on the Midlands side.

Villa Freya winger Gregory has sealed a temporary move to Leicester in the January transfer window

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Villa Freya winger Gregory has sealed a temporary move to Leicester in the January transfer windowCredit: Getty

The players – all 18 – participated foxes until the end of this season with the club fighting to avoid relegation and building on its first win in the league – a Defeat 2-0 of Birmingham.

And both strikers have represented England at youth level with striker Goodwin playing for the under-19 team and Gregory playing for the under-17 team.

Bedford, 34, said: “The whole team is still riding the wave of what they felt from that Birmingham game and they’re confident.

“The addition of these players will increase the competitiveness of the squad and help us maintain momentum in the coming games.

“Missy is a really talented striker technically, keeping the ball, keeping players and creating space extremely well.

“She also delivered excellent orders when given the opportunity to do so.

“Freya is born left-footed, which adds another dimension to us.

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“She has a nasty serve from the left foot, whether it’s a set or in an open game and she’s fast.

“I expect Freya to have a big impact in the forward area, but also as a full-back because she has the ability to play deeper.”

Kelly Chambers’ Royals, currently eighth, lost only three out of 15 WSL games they played with newly promoted parties.

And the Foxes, second from bottom, have beaten the team in two of their last three clashes, including a 2-1 victory in the FA Cup tie in 2020.

However, Read This is thanks to five wins in their last six matches in all competitions.

Results included a surprise 1-0 defeat to champions Chelsea with a goal from Canadian ace Deanne Rose against the Blues.

Bedford added: “Reading is a tough team and their four wins and one draw in their last six speaks for itself.

“I miss Kelly as a player because I was at Barnet when she was at Reading. She has had a great career and has done very well there.

“Her team has a real guts and the way they play and they’re good at coming back to things when they’re falling behind.”

Chambers, who finished seventh last term, are very hopeful of a position where the Royals can finish in the table this season.

Leicester are aiming for a first win over Reading at WSL

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Leicester are aiming for a first win over Reading at WSLCredit: MI News & Sport Ltd

The third-placed team is seven-point Tottenham with the race for a place in the Champions League currently open.

“We’re going to watch every game as it happens and really try to get the results we want,” Chambers said.

“We’re starting to see glimpses of the team coming together. We have to get on with that now.

“If we can do that, I believe the sky is the limit for where we want to be and be able to finish in the tournament.”

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