Lincoln Ladies v Everton
The FA WSL
7.30pm, Wednesday 8 May 2013
Everton manager Andy Spence says red-hot striker Toni Duggan has all the ingredients to emulate Kelly Smith in the women's game.
The England international has hit eight goals in her last four games and now has Lincoln in her sights with Everton set to visit Sincil Bank on Wednesday night.
At 21, Duggan is considered one of the most exciting talents in The FA WSL and her early-season form has added to her burgeoning reputation.
Spence might be at the start of his first season in charge at Everton but knows all about Duggan having worked with her throughout her journey from the Centre of Excellence to the first-team.
He joked: "I've known her since she was about 12 but it feels like I've known her a lot longer than that because of all the grief she gives me.
"All the way through the junior set-up you knew there was a player there with obvious ability and potential. It's fantastic for the club as a whole.
"People forget she's only 21, of course she has fantastic ability but the biggest thing is her potential.
"She has started the season very well, she's got the No.9 on her back and goals are part of her target. But equally she's one of those players who wants the team to do well first.
"People like Kelly Smith go and do it in World Cups and European Championships for a number of years, consistently delivering. That will be the aim for Toni. Let's hope in seven or eight years' time we're talking about a player with that sort of record for club and country.
"But a player with Toni's character will always strive to be the best player out there."
The clash with Lincoln is only Everton's second WSL fixture of the season, after a 4-3 defeat at Bristol last month.
The Imps are also without a League win so far, after drawing one and losing the other of their two matches.
And, after two Continental Cup matches since last Thursday, this will be Lincoln's third fixture in less than a week.
Manager Rick Passmoor admitted: "The schedule has taken its toll already. Hopefully I will have enough players to name a whole squad. But I might put some on the bench who are not fit enough to play - it's a cunning trick."
On the challenge his side face in shackling Duggan, he added: "Everton are not a one-woman show, they've got players who can hurt us all over the pitch."