GLF 58:Kenny on Kerr
Anyone who has ever kicked a ball knows how Kerr felt as the ball enveloped his foot and flew into the back of the net against Dunfermline and Aberdeen-the moment he hit he knew it was in.
For me,what Kerr's strikes demonstrated is his latent potential to become one of the best attacking midfielders in the country,a la Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard.
After his strike against Aberdeen,Kerr did, in my opinion,what he has done throughout the season-sit too deep.Whilst it could be argued he does so to compensate for the lack of a holding midfielder,even when Leitch is in the side he has a tendency to sit back,and as he himself said the goal against Celtic on the opening day of the season was his first as a pro.I can’t be the only one who was surprised to hear that.
Against Aberdeen Kerr only really got forward twice,on the first occasion he scored and on the second( when he burst down the right-hand side of the box ) he created havoc.By driving forward beyond the front two,Kerr forced their centre backs onto the back foot,and Skippy was unlucky not to connect with his cross.
Clearly a superb striker of the ball,Kerr also possesses a superb range of passing - his cross-field passes towards Foran bombing down the left and,now that he is back from injury,McCormack on the right, are a real threat and a fantastic attacking outlet. Not for a long time have we had a player in the centre of midfield who as soon as he receives the ball,puts his foot on it and looks up.
It would be fantastic to see him get into the habit of making more forward runs into the box,he is similar to both Lampard and Gerrard in the sense that he isn’t the fastest player on the planet,but like them what he lacks in pace he could more than make up for in dynamism.
Kerr has already proven that he can be a clinical striker of the ball,and equally he has demonstrated a good measure of invention and guile,all he needs to do now is inject just the right amount of industry and we could have our very own Frank Lampard or Steven Gerrard.
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