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What can we expect from Sam Kerr in the WSL?

The Women’s Super League is set to get underway in October and again, from an Australian point of view, much of the focus will be on Matildas superstar Sam Kerr.

Interest in women’s soccer in Australia has moved to another level following the World Cup, which saw the Matildas finish in fourth place.

Ten of the players who featured for the Matildas at the World Cup will play in the WSL in 2023/24, while three other Australians are also in the competition.

However, it will be Kerr that takes centre stage once again when she turns out for reigning champions Chelsea.

The forward had a mixed World Cup full of highs and mainly lows, so it will be interesting to see how she performs in the WSL in the forthcoming season.

Sam Kerr - goal machine

Kerr certainly knows where the back of the net is, she has scored goals for fun wherever she has been throughout her career thus far.

So as long as Kerr is fully fit throughout the 2023/24 WSL season, then the Chelsea supporters can expect much of the same from her.

The 29-year-old joined the Blues in 2020 and has since gone on to make 67 appearances, scoring 54 goals. She won the golden boot in both the 2020/21 and 2021/22 seasons.

Kerr grabbed a brace as Chelsea beat Reading to clinch their fourth consecutive title last season and both Kerr and Chelsea will take some stopping again.

Chelsea Women are priced at 2.00 to win the 2023/24 WSL title, with Arsenal Women looking to be the major threat at 2.87. Man City Women are 5.00.

World Cup performances

Kerr had a disappointing World Cup that was hampered by a calf injury that prevented her from playing as much as she would have liked.

In fairness the Matildas did well without Kerr starting a game, making it all the way to a semi-final showdown against England.

The semi-final was the first game that Kerr started and she showed her class when going on a marauding run from just inside the England half, before unleashing an unstoppable 30-yard effort into the back of the net.

Kerr went on to miss a couple of simpler opportunities in the game, chances she would probably have put away had she been fully up to speed and match-sharp.

In the end the missed opportunities proved crucial as England went on to win 3-1.

Calf injury issue

Kerr proved she had recovered from the calf injury when playing in the semi-final of the World Cup, and the third/fourth play-off match.

She was, however, lacking top-end match sharpness due to a lack of action earlier in the tournament, but both games would have done her the world of good.

Kerr will now have a pre-season with Chelsea and should be fit and firing for their opening game of the WSL season against Tottenham on 2nd October.

If that is the case then Kerr is expected to be one of the top players to light up the WSL once again in the season ahead.

Opposition defences have struggled to deal with Kerr despite knowing what she is all about, and that does not look like changing in 2023/24.

Expect Kerr to be among the goals and chasing her third WSL golden boot.

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