Frank Lampard: The Contract Saga

Frank Lampard and Roman Abramovich have been the centre of attention for pundits and newspapers the last few months due to Roman Abramovich deciding (up to now) to not extend Lampard’s contract, is it the right decision though?

Lampard has played a pivotal part to Chelsea’s success over the last few years, but does he now? Lampard is Chelsea’s third top scorer this season with 14 goals overall, but is that enough of a reason to keep him? Lampard has also managed to get 0 assists in the Premier League, something that the Chelsea legend is not used to. Now let’s get in depth…

Frank Lampard plays in the pivot, a position he does not excel in due to his lack of defensive ability, his lack of pace and his inability to move up and down the pitch due to old age. Lampard’s lack of defensive ability has been a huge concern to Chelsea this season as the position he plays in is significant to Chelsea’s success, but Lampard has just not been good enough. Player’s breeze past him without effort and Lampard’s inability to time a tackle and position himself in an area of danger has let players get through on goal and puts pressure on the defense, especially when the other team are on a counter attack. Here is one of Lampard’s weaknesses via WhoScored

lampard cons

Now as you can see, tackling is a weakness in Lampard’s game, the role which he plays is a role which you must tackle but he is not strong in that part of his game. Another reason not to keep Lampard anymore is, without the pivot position, we cannot fit him anywhere else except for an attacking role, a role in which we have Mata, Hazard and Oscar to fill, is he good enough to kick them out? We must think for the future so would it be a good idea to let him play in the centre-attacking midfield role, even if he did, that would mean we only have Ramires and Mikel to fill out that pivot role after Romeu is out for the rest of the season, but do just them two have the ability to play the rest of the many games we have this season? I’m not too sure.

Now there are good things about giving Lampard a new contract, he is still strong in many areas of his game, especially his shooting, finishing and attacking position; he could also provide morale in the dressing room as well as experience. If Lampard does stay, he could teach the likes of Hazard, Mata, Oscar, De Bruyne, Piazon etc. how to improve their abilities in attacking and also teach them how to improve their shooting, set piece ability and passing ability also. Below are a few of Lampard’s strengths via Who Scored

lampard pros
Now as you can see, Lampard is still strong in many aspects but are any of those good enough for the pivot role? Lampard is also a big character in Chelsea and is classed as a legend by every Chelsea fan across the world, his big character will be something that the dressing room will miss if he leaves, like Didier Drogba, would there be anyone else who could fill his boots? Lampard has also scored many important goals for Chelsea, one that pops up in my mind is his two goals vs Everton at Goodison Park, those two goals helped us beat Everton at a ground they hadn’t been beaten at for many months and is now proving to be a crucial extra three points with Arsenal only three points behind us in the League with eight games to go. One question to ask yourself is, will Chelsea every find another player like Lampard? I don’t think so…

Those are a few pros and cons of extending Lampard’s contract, I’ll let you decide if he should leave or not, personally, I would like it if he could stay, but for the team, I think it would be better if he left after surpassing Bobby Tambling’s 202 goals tally and leave on a high, like Didier Drogba…


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