Matildas superstar Sam Kerr will make her long-awaited Chelsea debut on Sunday in what’s been called a turning point signing for women’s football in the UK.Kerr touched down in London last weekend from the US and will feature against Reading in the Barclays Women’s Super League with the London club hoping her arrival will help them claim a Champions League spot.The 26-year-old trained with her new teammates for the first time this week at Chelsea’s Surrey training ground and is likely to be named in the starting line- up by manager Emma Hayes for the match at the Kingsmeadow ground in south-west London.Stream every game of The 2019/20 Westfield W-League season LIVE & On-Demand with KAYO SPORTS. Get your 14 day free trial & start streaming instantly >.@clarebalding x @samkerr1- part one! 🙌Talking football, family, choosing Chelsea and what life will be like in London. Get to know our new signing on our IGTV channel now! 👌#KerrIsBlue— Chelsea FC Women (@ChelseaFCW) January 4, 2020
The top two sides in the WSL will qualify for the Champions League and Chelsea are currently third – four points behind leaders Arsenal and one behind Manchester City – but with a game in hand.The Londoners reportedly spent two years courting the signing of Kerr, who holds the goalscoring record in both the American NSWL and the W-League and been short-listed for the Ballon d’Or in the last two seasons.Chelsea beat off competition from European champions Lyon to sign the Matildas skipper, who scored 19 goals for Chicago Red Stars last season and 13 for Perth Glory en route to the W-League grand final.Kerr will comfortably be the best-paid female player in the history of the English game and one of the highest in the world having agreed terms on a three- year deal believed to be worth over $1million.“The WSL is the best league in Europe,” Kerr said on the Chelsea website. “I want team success and I don’t want it to come easy. I feel Chelsea have been building something special over the years and I want to be a part of that — I want to lift some trophies.” The match kicks off at 11.30pm (AEDT) on Sunday.Follow all the action from Sam Kerr’s debut as Chelsea take on Reading from 11:30pm AEDT.Keep up to date with all the action in our live blog.If you can’t see the blog, CLICK HERE.