Saturday, 2 March 2013

Why Chelsea Should Keep Frank Lampard

Frank Lampard has become a Blues' legend in his playing time as he built up a reputation of the typical goalscoring midfielder but rumours are rife that the London club won't be offering him a new contract in the Summer. Many have criticised the club for this and jumped to Frank's defence so here's why Chelsea should keep him!

Lampard started his career at West Ham, joining the West Ham youth team in 1994. He came through the ranks and established himself in the first team in the years following. Eventually his Father, Frank Lampard Snr was sacked as assistant manager and Frank decided to leave for Chelsea in a deal woth £11m. Since joining Chelsea, Lampard has worked his way into the fans' hearts, becoming a club legend.  Lampard spent the majority of his career as a box to box midfielder, although played in a slightly more attacking role than his midfield teammates. 
Lampard has an incredibly shooting range and a large proportion of his goals are from outside the box. Lampard simply knows when to arrive at the edge or in the box and when to pull the trigger. Although not the greatest tackler in the game, Lampard does work hard for his team and contributes defensively too. As well as being a great goalscorer, Lampard has the ability to spray passes all over the pitch, this is combined with his immense concentration that he maintains throughout games, one of his main assets.

In all seriousness, the main part of Lampard's game is goalscoring. He possesses the ability to score a huge number of goals from midfield. A testament to this is the fact that he is the only player to score at least 10 goals in 10 consecutive Premier League seasons and he is a midfielder! For a team to have someone like him in the side is a huge boost and takes some pressure off the strikers, especially when he's banging in 15 a season. He has the most goals for a midfielder in Premier League history with 160 but also registered the most assists in the 2004/2005 and 2009/2010 seasons. Not only does Frank have an incredible record but he is still adding to it. Even at the age of 34, Lampard is still scoring for Chelsea and this proves how much he wants to be there and how much he deserves to be there. They cannot claim he is past it if he continues to do what he is doing now. 
Another reason Frank should be kept is down to his experience. He has been in the Premier League a long time now and has played for the same club, Chelsea for many a year too. He has 787 club appearances to his name and 94 caps for his country. Not only does he have experience but he has experience at the very top of the English game and this is what is important in a team, especially when there are young players coming through, they can learn from you. 

Frank is invaluable to Chelsea FC and if they let him go then it would be an utter travesty. He's still got a few more years left in him, however even if Chelsea don't feel he is a main part of their plans, I feel they should keep him out of respect so he can finish his career there, he still has a lot to offer the team and I think they'd be mad to get rid of him as he is pivotal to them.

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