Sam Kerr in duel with Vivianne Miedema for goalscoring crown as battle for WSL Golden Boot heats up

SAM KERR is in pole position to steal Vivianne Miedema's goalscoring crown as the pair battle it out for the Women's Super League Golden Boot.

After Kerr's hat-trick in Chelsea's 6-0 thrashing of Birmingham on the weekend, both strikers now have an equal tally of 17 goals and five assists.

But a modest Kerr claims she is not interested in the individual accolade, and is focused on helping her Chelsea team-mates retain their WSL title.

Speaking to Chelsea's website, Kerr said: "There are a few people who are pretty close at the moment.

"It feels good that I’m contributing to the team and I’m focusing on game-by-game.

"It’s my job to score goals so I don’t look at those things, I just worry about where we are sitting in the table so at the moment it’s pretty good."

That sentiment will probably be shared by Miedema, whose Arsenal team are chasing Champions League qualification after missing out on European action this season.

But with only four games left this term, the Dutch hot-shot will need to be at her best to retain her spot as the WSL's highest-scoring finisher.

The Arsenal ace has won the coveted prize for the past two seasons, and now only Kerr stands in her way of making it a treble.

She also smashed the WSL all-time scoring record with 50 goals in 52 games in the 2019/20 season against rivals Tottenham.


And while Kerr has not yet won the accolade in England, she has done so in both Australia and the USA.

The 27-year-old won the Golden Boot award five times in both countries, becoming the highest-scoring player in W-League at the time and currently in NWSL history.

Despite her record, the Australia captain struggled to recreate her stunning form when she moved to Chelsea in 2019.

Last term Kerr made four top-flight appearances and managed to score just once.

The Matildas striker has had a remarkable turn-around this season, forming an irresistible rapport on the pitch with fellow Blues ace Fran Kirby.

The pair have linked up so well that it has led boss Emma Hayes to compare their partnership to that of the legendary Dwight Yorke and Andy Cole duo that ran riot in the Premier League for Manchester United in the nineties

But Miedema, widely regarded as the world's best forward, will not give up her crown easily, so Kerr will have to be relentless to knock her off her perch in these last few games.

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