‘Kerrby’ – Chelsea’s Yorke and Cole chasing Champions League glory

“[Dwight] Yorke and [Andy] Cole, I think about them two and I think of Kerr and Kirby in terms of the spaces they feel,” she says.

“I was trying to think of another duo. They [Kerr and Kirby] might say actually, [Thierry] Henry and [Dennis] Bergkamp.

“Every time I am opening my mouth right now, I am figuring out the trouble I am getting myself into. So, I am going to say, [Didier] Drogba . . . and [Gianfranco] Zola.”

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It is high praise for Kerr and Kirby – or ‘Kerrby’ as they have been dubbed – to be compared to Manchester United’s treble-winning strike partnership of Yorke and Cole, but their current form makes it justifiable.

Kirby assisted Kerr twice on Sunday as Chelsea beat Aston Villa 2-0 to return to the top of the Women’s Super League. It was the 10th time the pair have directly linked up for a goal this season, a tally that is unrivalled in the women’s game.

“They are yin and yang – one goes one way, one goes the other,” says Hayes. “Some call it telepathy, some call it chemistry, some call it a brilliant partnership.

“For me, the thing that stands up is the selflessness. It is making runs or making decisions for someone else.

“The amount of times Fran has been in great positions herself and setup someone else up, the amount of times Sam makes a run, if not for herself but to clear space, that for me is as impactful as the chemistry between them.

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