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Sam Kerr: Dazzling debut the sign of things to come for Chelsea

Sam Kerr’s superb display on her first start for Chelsea marked the start of what could be a hugely exciting time for the club.

The Australian star turned in an impressive performance against Reading, just over a week after arriving in England.

She didn’t get on the scoresheet, but showed flashes of brilliance throughout her 77 minutes on the field to highlight what an asset she will be to Chelsea.

Kerr shines as Chelsea keep pace with leaders

Chelsea’s 3-1 victory over Reading kept them in touch with Arsenal and Manchester City at the top of the Women’s Super League.

Just four points separates the top three heading into the second half of the season, with the Blues having a game in hand on their title rivals.

Kerr’s arrival at Chelsea undoubtedly boosts their chances of winning the WSL, although they will have to do it the hard way as they still have to travel to face both Arsenal and City.

However, Kerr showed enough on her debut to suggest she could be the difference for Chelsea as they bid to win the WSL for the third time in their history.

Blues have a wealth of attacking talent

Chelsea already boast an exciting array of attacking talent and Kerr’s signing boosts their options even further.

The 26-year-old struck up an excellent understanding with Beth England, with her delightful backheel helping her teammate get on the scoresheet.

With Erin Cuthbert, Guro Reiten, Ramona Bachmann and Fran Kirby also in the squad, manager Emma Hayes has plenty of firepower to call upon.

Kerr’s addition is the cherry on top of the cake and it won’t be long before the all-time leading goalscorer in the American and Australian leagues is adding to her tally in the WSL.

Kerr eyeing European glory

While Kerr’s signing boosts Chelsea’s hopes of winning the WSL title, the talented forward has her eyes set on a much bigger prize.

Arsenal’s success in Champions League back in 2007 remains the only time an English club has lifted Europe’s top club trophy and Kerr is eager help Chelsea claim glory on the biggest stage.

“This team is one of the best in England for sure and hopefully we can be the best in Europe,” she told the club’s official website.

“I was following them but I didn’t really know what I was getting myself into, but the quality at training is unbelievable. The players are awesome, so as long as we play our best we can be the best team in England for sure.

“I was actually nervous because it was my first game in a few months – I haven’t been playing much so I was nervous. But it will come, get the jitters out and I can go from there.”

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