Lampard leaves Chelsea after 13 years of good luck
Frank Lampard has brought the curtain down on a glittering career at Chelsea. He was, by all accounts, an undisputed club legend that walked among royalty with loyalty on Kings Road.
In a week when King Juan Carlos of Spain abdicated, Frank Lampard of west London gave up his throne, as the all-time top scorer for the Blues with 211 goals.
Three Premier League titles, and a Champions League make up the major honours on a resume that has had 16 clubs falling at his feet to recruit his services.
The 13 years at Chelsea has seen his stock rise dramatically; from a fresh-faced 22-year-old, to a seasoned, model professional. His record sells itself and there is yet to be a situation in the world of football where demand outweighs supply.
Not only a gifted footballer, he was so much more. If it wasn’t for John Terry’s more physical presence, he would almost certainly have been captain in a team that was littered with leaders. He is an athlete, his biggest and underlying strength over the years, his peak fitness and endurance. Natural intelligence provided a platform for his football to flourish; attributing to SAS-like awareness, and ability to read patterns of play. Undoubtedly these traits contributed to his record goal-haul.
Also articulate and well-spoken, a whole new world is open to him in media circles, should he want to follow fellow professionals, and England teammates Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher.
Coral however, have run the rule over his next potential permanent club, as he considers his future while at the World Cup with England. He is 5/1 to start the Three Lions first game against Italy.
What better fairytale finish to his career, than to link back up with the man that made it all possible. His uncle, Harry Redknapp, having led the hoops back to England’s elite competition is on a mission. Albeit one that has been exaggerated by the media, as they float the idea that he recruits some of his original stars. Rio Ferdinand, after leaving Manchester United was the first name to be linked, and a reunion could be on the cards.
Any MLS Club
Following in the footsteps of David Beckham, Thierry Henry, Robbie Keane, and more recently Jermain Defoe to go across the pond could ensure he stays a big fish, and allows him to enjoy a more relaxed lifestyle. Beckham no doubt wants players for his Miami franchise, and who better than his former England colleague to kick things off. However, there is also the small matter of New York City, which according to sources is a done deal.
Perhaps one from left-field, though in recent years Arsene Wenger has surprised everyone with his signings. It is no secret that the Frenchman likes midfielders, and adding experience to his squad in has done them no harm, as was proven in the case of re-signing Mathieu Flamini. It is unlikely Lampard wants to spend another season as a bit-part player, and he certainly hasn’t been motivated by the promise of a big-money contract.
There is every reason for new boss Louis van Gaal to take a serious look at Lampard. A glaring hole has been evident in the middle of the park ever since Paul Scholes retired. It is a problem United have failed to constantly deal with, and although Lampard isn’t the answer long term, he may plug the gap for the foreseeable future. Whether this would appease fans is another question. There is no doubting his ability, however at the age of 35, he may be a gamble too far for Van Gaal.
The curtain may have come down on his career at Stamford Bridge, though for Lampard and Chelsea, the show will go on.