Sam Kerr proved her doubters wrong, diving into the box to notch home a goal against Manchester United in Chelsea's FAWSL opener.
The goal came after a huge week of pressure for the Matildas captain, who was grilled by the UK media after what they deemed a "nightmare" performance in the FA Community Shield against Manchester City.
That coincided with the high-profile acquisition of yet another Chelsea striker, world transfer record beating Pernille Harder.
But Chelsea boss Emma Hayes chose Kerr to start and despite criticism that she continued to miss many other opportunities, her go-ahead goal was a duck-breaker for the Australian.
Given her sensational goal record in the NWSL and W-League, this may be a sign that Kerr is beginning to hit her best strides heading into a brand new FAWSL season.
If Sam Kerr improves her finishing she’d get about nine goals a game. Her movement is absolutely fantastic.— James (@FtblJames_) September 6, 2020
🎵 We got Sam Kerr Aussie Sam Kerr I just don’t think you understand 🎵— Chelsea Women Supporters Group (@ChelseaWomenSG) September 6, 2020
Reports of Sam Kerr’s demise were greatly exaggerated— Mike Ryan (Ruiz) (@MichaelRyanRuiz) September 6, 2020