Sam Kerr has been named full central forward by Chelsea manager Emma Hayes after the Australian captain scored another double to help his side get a second silver in a week.
Having killed two sensational volleys last weekend To help secure the Women’s Super League title with a win over Manchester United, Kerr was re-entered the list twice on Sunday when Chelsea won the FA Women’s Cup final against Manchester City.
In the first half, Kerr played the first half and won in the 99th minute – her seventh and eighth goals in four consecutive domestic cup finals – after Hailey Rasso equalized for City and turned the game into extra time.
Kerr’s last double in front of a record crowd of 49,094 people at Wembley completed England’s second unusual season for captain Matildas and delighted her manager.
“She’s funny,” Hayes said. “She has a lot. She has character, she has charisma, charm, she has courage in her game. We have a great central striker.
“There was a moment in the game when I thought, ‘She looks exhausted,’ but she just drips, drips and drips, drips and drips.”
Hayes added about extra time on Sunday: “I always felt, ‘give Sam one chance, just give her one chance.’
This season, Kerr won her second WSL Golden Boot in a row, scoring 20 goals in 20 games, six ahead of her closest rival. She was named Female Footballer of the Year by the Football Writers Association and is the favorite to win the season for her title volley against United.
She added seven more goals in cup competitions, including three in the final to make eight goals in England’s four domestic matches, three of which were won.
“WE DID IT !!”, Kerr posted on Instagram after a dramatic competition at Wembley Stadium.
Hayes also praised Kerr for the work she did, not allowing City defenders, including Australian Alan Kennedy, to play the ball from behind. This was an aspect noted by England international Izzy Christiansen, the former FA Cup winner from Manchester City.
“Athletics, hunger and desire, the desire to put yourself at stake and do everything you can for your team,” said the BBC match expert. “Sam Kerr’s ball work is great for the team. If there is someone like that in your team, it’s weird. “