Frank Lampard

Frank Lampard, Manchester City, and the reaction from Chelsea supporters 4

When Frank Lampard agreed his move to New York City FC, it was almost inevitable that he would to fill the time between now and the franchise’s first season in MLS with a bridging loan.  US fans will be suspicious of another ageing arriving on their shores and collecting big wages, so therefore it’s important(…)

‘Everyman’ Frank Lampard leaves behind a Chelsea legacy and a wonderful example 1

It was reported last night that Frank Lampard has agreed to join New York City in the MLS and in so doing has brought his time in English football to an end. The nature of the game in this country and the manner in which it is covered will ensure that Lampard’s legacy is contested(…)

Chelsea’s Frank Lampard getting unfairly abused in the press 2

Adrian Durham writing attention-seeking columns in The Mail is nothing new, obviously, but that doesn’t mean he should be given a free-pass whenever he attacks a player or manager for the sake of boosting his listener numbers on TalkSport. “There’s something that doesn’t quite sit right about paying tribute to an England player winning his(…)

Weekend Performance: Frank Lampard (Chelsea)

Weekend Performance: Frank Lampard (Chelsea) 1

Not bad for an old man… There was something different about Frank Lampard today, there was an energy and an enthusiasm about his play that I haven’t seen in him for quite a long time. There’s no need to go overboard and start talking about a ‘rebirth’, but this is a player who seems an(…)

Classic goal: Frank Lampard for Chelsea against Hull

Classic goal: Frank Lampard for Chelsea against Hull 0

Nobody every talks about this goal, which is strange given how glorious it is. When you think of Frank Lampard’s highlight reel, invariably you picture rasping drives from twenty yards or of him arriving late in the penalty box to convert a square ball - you don’t necessarily associate him with feathered chips from the(…)

Expecting Marco van Ginkel to be immediately relevant at Chelsea

Expecting Marco van Ginkel to be immediately relevant at Chelsea 1

Whenever Chelsea sign a developing player, there’s always the suspicion that he’ll have to wait a long time for a proper chance in the first-team. That’s not unfair: the club are very quick to send newly-acquired young talent out on long loan deals, and then simultaneously populate the starting-eleven with off-the peg stars. Marco van(…)

Chelsea’s Frank Lampard: Three-year progression

Chelsea’s Frank Lampard: Three-year progression 0

Now that Frank Lampard has agreed an extension to his Chelsea career, there’s no need to debate his value to the side or not - but here’s a look back at his changing output over the past three season. Appearances 10/11: 23 (1) 11/12: 26 (4) 12/13: 21 (8) Goals 10/11: 10 11/12: 11 12/13:(…)

What Frank Lampard’s new contract offer means in relation to Chelsea

What Frank Lampard’s new contract offer means in relation to Chelsea 1

This is a speculative piece based on common-sense, and it’s not pretending to be anything else. The general consensus seems to be that Chelsea have relaxed their stance and offered a new one-year contract to Frank Lampard, thus bringing to an end the dullest and most relentless sub-plot to the 2012/13 season. How dare a(…)

A semi-ruck between Frank Lampard’s agent and Chelsea

A semi-ruck between Frank Lampard’s agent and Chelsea 0

Weird little story, and credit to Goal.com for reporting it. You’ll remember Chelsea’s promotional photo-shoot for ADIDAS over the weekend, in which a couple of first-team players were covered in blue paint - well, Frank Lampard’s agent Steve Kutner has denied that his client’s non-appearance had anything to do with his contractual situation. To be(…)

Probably the silliest opinion ever published about Chelsea’s Frank Lampard 0

It’s Tuesday, which means it’s Adrian Durham day in The Daily Mail - what well-thought out, sensible, thought-provoking opinions has get for us today. He thinks that Frank Lampard should play up-front for England. “It sounds obvious but why don’t England do it?” It’s hard to say, Adrian, it’s a real conundrum as to why(…)

Top 5: Dull football debating topics of the moment

Top 5: Dull football debating topics of the moment 0

Depending on who you are and which team you support, the level of irritation these topics induce will vary - so it’s probably best to ignore the order: 5. Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal future As with any prominent discussion, those holding extreme opinions one way or another about this are all probably wrong. The truth, you(…)

What LA Galaxy may be getting with Frank Lampard

What LA Galaxy may be getting with Frank Lampard 0

This is one of those moves where everybody will end up a winner. By the sheer volume of reports which support it, Frank Lampard’s move to LA Galaxy seems to be imminent, and it’s easy to understand the appeal from the player’s point of view: an idyllic lifestyle, warm weather, and doubtless a handsome financial(…)

Why Chelsea are right to let Frank Lampard leave

Why Chelsea are right to let Frank Lampard leave 1

This is a devil’s advocate-style piece, so bear with me. Frank Lampard has clearly made an invaluable contribution to what Chelsea are in the present day, and without him the Roman Abramovich era almost certainly wouldn’t have been as trophy-laden as it has been. It’s difficult to say goodbye to someone like that, of course(…)

Frank Lampard, Chelsea, and a ‘lack of class’

Frank Lampard, Chelsea, and a ‘lack of class’ 2

Martin Samuel writes in his Daily Mail column today about the ‘lack of class’ Chelsea are showing in their handling of the Frank Lampard situation. The midfielder, of course, will not be offered an extension to his contract and will therefore leave the club in the Summer when his current deal expires. Samuel draws comparisons(…)

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