Australia head coach Tony Gustavsson says that Sam Kerr is aiming to be better every single day despite her recent unstoppable form for her club.
The 27-year-old forward has netted seven goals in her last four appearances for Chelsea which includes a first half hat-trick in The Blues’ 6-0 victory over Birmingham City at Kingsmeadow on Sunday.
Kerr is currently away on international duty with Australia with the Westfield Matildas preparing to face Germany and The Netherlands. Kerr’s national team boss Gustavsson has been discussing the player’s form and he says that the forward aims to be better every day, stopping short from labelling her the current best player in the world.
“I know that she has a very, very high ambition to strive to be better every day,” said Gustavsson when speaking in a Football Australia press conference. “That is what we are going to focus on (during the Matildas camp) and it is then up to others to say whether she is the best in the world or not.
“Is she in form? Yes. We have a lot of forwards in form right now coming into camp, that itself is really exciting.”
Kerr’s journey at Chelsea has been something of a rollercoaster with the player overcoming the doubters to star for The Blues. The forward endured a shocking FA Women’s Community Shield performance back in August but Kerr has since bounced back and is now unrecognisable to the player which turned out at Wembley on that day. Gustavsson says that the player’s strong mentality will be the difference when it comes to winning silverware for club and country.
“If a team wants to lift a trophy, that mental toughness is one of the biggest things in lifting that trophy and she has definitely proved that she has that,” said the Australia head coach. “When you are in this business, you are always going to have opinions, opinions on line-ups, performances and so on. If a player can block that out, focus and stay in that circle and really focus on her game and that performance, that mental toughness is going to be one of the super-factors.”
Kerr could pull on a Westfield Matildas jersey for the first time in 13 months when Gustavsson’s side face Germany in Wiesbaden on Saturday.