For the second season running Sam Kerr has won the prestigious Football Writers’ Association Women’s Footballer of the Year award following another special campaign representing Chelsea Women.
The striker already has 26 goals to her name this term and has played a crucial role in our fight to win silverware on four different fronts.
Kerr, who brought up a century of Chelsea appearances in February and of course marked the occasion by scoring against Arsenal in an FA Cup win, has spearheaded the Blues attack displaying her customary movement, link-up play, and predatory and precise finishing. She has scored four goals in a game on two separate occasions, and also netted a hat-trick against Liverpool in the FA Cup.
In March, she won the WSL Goal of the Month award for her stunning winner against Manchester United in a top-of-the-table clash at Kingsmeadow. Her 50th goal in the competition followed soon after in an away win at Aston Villa.
With Fran Kirby and Pernille Harder having been injured for so much of the 2022/23 season, Kerr has had to step up in their absence, and it is no surprise Emma Hayes labelled her ‘the best striker in the world’ before our Champions League semi-final tie with Barcelona.
On Sunday, Kerr will be hoping to add collective success to this individual prize when we take on Man United in the Women’s FA Cup final at Wembley.
The presentation dinner for the annual FWA awards will take place on Thursday 25 May in London.