Chelsea forward Sam Kerr joined Arsenal’s Vivianne Miedema at the top of the Barclays FA Women’s Super League’s goalscoring charts on Sunday after netting a hat-trick in The Blues’ 6-0 demolition of Birmingham City at Kingsmeadow.
The treble was Kerr’s third in a Chelsea shirt this season as the Australian international’s career at Kingsmeadow continues to go from strength-to-strength,
Kerr completed her hat-trick in the first half of Chelsea’s 6-0 victory over Birmingham City. While a 45-minute hat-trick is always seen as an impressive feat, the even more favourable statistic is that Kerr netted her three goals with just 26 touches of the ball throughout her 61 minutes on the field.
The forward netted a goal every 8.67 touches during her time on the pitch, a truly fascinating statistic which any player will struggle to rival. If there was any good news to be had for Chelsea’s opponents Birmingham City on Sunday, it was that Kerr wasn’t given any more that 26 touches of the ball and that her outing was brought to a close 29 minutes before full-time. The player’s clinical finishing is a sign of her wonderful form right now with Kerr peaking when it really matters.
Of the 16 Chelsea players who featured on Sunday, only Jessie Fleming (22) had less touches than Kerr, although it should be noted that the Canadian international midfielder played just 34 minutes of the contest. Meanwhile, Kerr’s trusted partner Fran Kirby, the other source of so many recent Chelsea goals and assists, scored two and created another with her 78 touches of the ball.
Kerr’s hat-trick was her second in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League this season. Her first treble came against West Ham United in December and was completed in 68 minutes and with 34 touches.
The Chelsea forward has 17 league goals this season alongside Arsenal’s Miedema, however, Kerr has scored more opening goals for her side that the Dutch international. She has opened the scoring on eight occasions compared to Miedema’s tally of five.