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Sam Kerr And Fran Kirby's Strike Partnership Compared To Dwight Yorke And Andy Cole

Sam Kerr And Fran Kirby's Strike Partnership Compared To Dwight Yorke And Andy Cole

As far as legendary Premier League strike partnerships go, it's hard to look past Dwight Yorke and Andy Cole as arguably the greatest.

Granted, Thierry Henry and Dennis Bergkamp were pretty damn good for Arsenal but Manchester United duo Yorke and Cole well and truly set the world alight during the 1998/99 treble season where they amassed a whopping 53 goals between them.

But perhaps the best indication of the pair's greatness was the fact they somehow managed to keep fellow strikers Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Teddy Sheringham out of the Fergie's starting eleven.

Impressive.

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Dwight Yorke and Andy Cole during their Manchester United days. Credit: PA
Dwight Yorke and Andy Cole during their Manchester United days. Credit: PA

So, as you can probably imagine, being compared to these two formidable forwards is a very big thing.

And that's exactly what has happened to Australian captain Sam Kerr.

Chelsea Women's head coach Emma Hayes has drawn similarities between Kerr and Fran Kirby's strike partnership and Yorke and Cole.

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Kerr and Kirby celebrate winning the FA Women's League Cup. Credit: PA
Kerr and Kirby celebrate winning the FA Women's League Cup. Credit: PA

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I mean, praise doesn't come much better than that.

"They are yin and yang - one goes one way, one goes the other," Hayes told Sky Sports.

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"You don't come across these types of partnerships easily and sometimes they are formed over many, many years.

"They just get each other. That's not coached, that's just trying to put them in the right spaces and they figure the rest out. They are talented, world-class players and I think all the praise is fully justified.

"Some call it telepathy, some call it chemistry, some call it a brilliant partnership. Yorke and Cole, I think about those two and I think of Kerr and Kirby in terms of the spaces they fill.

"The thing that stands out is the selflessness. Making runs or making decisions for someone else. They are the hardest things to get across to players and they understand it in droves."

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Kerr and Kirby have found the back of the net on 31 occasions this season.

And having already wrapped up the FA WSL Cup, the Chelsea duo stand in good stead to replicate what Yorke and Cole did almost 22 years ago by clinching a historic treble.

Featured Image Credit: Instagram/@chelseafcw

Topics: Football News, Chelsea, Football, Manchester United, Goals, Premier League, record, Australia

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Max Sherry is a journalist for SPORTbible Australia. After migrating Down Under from London as a teenager, he instantly fell in love with Aussie sport and its culture. From NRL to AFL, cricket to rugby — you name it, Max watches it (with a beer in hand, of course). During his time at Fox Sports, he worked in the football department covering the Premier League, A-League, Socceroos and Matildas. Born a stone's throw away from West Ham's training ground, Max is obviously a die-hard Liverpool fan.