‘I never played midfield in me life’: Sam Kerr’s shock at WSL selection
Sam Kerr is many things – a prodigiously talented footballer, a thoroughly decent human, one of Australia’s greatest sporting exports – but there is one thing she is not: a midfielder.
It’s not that the Matildas captain wouldn’t perform with aplomb if deployed in that part of the pitch. It’s just that she has never played there. So the Chelsea striker could have been excused for doing a double-take when learning she had been named in the midfield of the PFA Women’s Super League team of the year.
“I never played midfield in me life,” Kerr tweeted in response to the WSL revealing its select 11, which is picked by players and drew only from footballers representing the top three clubs – Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal.
The Australian star, who was joined in the team by Blues teammates Ann-Katrin Berger, Magdalena Eriksson, Maren Mjelde and Fran Kirby, was the season’s standout forward. She scored 21 league goals – a whopping 11 clear of her nearest rival – to win the golden boot award and lead Chelsea to back-to-back titles.
The two striker positions, however, were handed to Kirby, who in May was voted the Football Writers’ Association’s women’s footballer of the year after scoring 25 goals in all competitions, and Manchester City’s Lauren Hemp.
As well as coming as a surprise to Kerr herself, the apparent positional faux pas was a source of amusement to football fans on social media.