It takes a particular kind of striker who predicts what they will do to an opposition workforce earlier than a recreation after which follows it via to perfection. That, although, is what Sam Kerr is. She is the proper centre ahead, a human cheat code for Chelsea.
Her prophecy to team-mate Erin Cuthbert on Saturday that she would rating a surprise aim in Chelsea’s title decider in opposition to Manchester United the next day was a daring one, however the Australian has the genius to again it up and duly did.
In truth, she delivered not as soon as however twice. Her first, an equaliser, was a sweetly struck, first time volley from the sting of the realm, that swerved and dipped beneath the crossbar. Most gamers wouldn’t have even tried the shot, not to mention first time with the ball dropping within the air.
But it was the second which actually highlighted Kerr’s consciousness, intelligence and scientific instincts. When Mary Earp’s – the Manchester United goalkeeper – clearance was headed again in direction of the sting of the realm, Kerr already knew what she was going to do. She had seen that Earp had moved out of her six-yard field to kick the ball clear and was barely to the left of centre 12 yards or so off her line.
In one motion, Kerr took the ball down on her chest, swivelled to get her physique place on the proper angle after which delicately, not powerfully, lifted a volley over the pinnacle of the retreating Earps and into the online. She was 25 yards out when she hit it and the load on the end, the arc of the ball, was elegant.
“She is decisive in the main moments,” stated her supervisor Emma Hayes. “She knows she can cope with these situations and deliver when it really, really matters. Most importantly, she has joy in what she’s doing.”