Author: Colin Sowerby
I get so much stick from the guys on the Man On The Post podcast for my trumpet blowing of the qualities of Frank Lampard. They’ve been strangely quiet today.
Frank Lampard returns to the Premier League, albeit on a 6 month loan deal, at Manchester City. Bear in mind that New York City’s MLS campaign doesn’t start until March 2015.
This is great business by Manuel Pellegrini. Okay, there are links between Manchester City and NY City, but many said that Lampard would keep himself fit by featuring in Australia.
Is it surprising that Lampard has joined Manchester City? I was surprised, but when you actually look at it, this makes so much sense. Unlike Steven Gerrard, Frank hasn’t put club before country. Frank Lampard isn’t quitting on England. I HATE it when players do that to ‘prolong their career’. That is not your choice. Your country decides whether you play or not. And if Roy Hodgson wanted Gerrard to lead his team into the Euro 2016 qualifiers, and he did, then you shouldn’t quit.
Last month, I put a bet on Frank Lampard to feature in the Euro 2016 qualifiers at 7/1. That looked like a good bet to me. I notice that William Hill have now taken the bet down. They know. With Gerrard’s absence, Roy has lost his ‘man on the inside.’ He needs an experienced head in the squad, especially with so many young players.
So let’s get back to Manchester City. I fully expect him to be registered for their Champions League qualifying campaign. And here come the reasons why I think this deal is a wise one. He’s captained a side to Champions League glory. He’s Chelsea’s all-time top scorer. He can take penalties, set pieces, corners. He’s a leader on the pitch, but not one that demands the armband. Sure, he’s no spring chicken, but that’s his forte, he’s a wise owl, and the pace may go but the skill never leaves you.
This is a bit of a kick in the balls for Mourinho. Regarded as not good enough to be given another contract, yet turns up at the door of the English Champions. Drogba returns to Chelsea to help them out. Frank Lampard goes to Manchester City to help them out. I know who’s got the better deal. And it’s City.
Has Frank Lampard still got it?
And Manchester City think so too. That’s good enough for me. And I think it’s good enough for Roy Hodgson also.
Welcome back to the Premier League Frank. It’s good to be back.