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Singing Lampard`s Praises

Singing Lampard`s Praises

And it`s not just a blind allegiance!

Scanning down the comments thread, under our Match Day Moments feature, it was clear to see that opinion remains divided over the future of Frank Lampard.

There are those that simply, for some reason, want Frank out of Stamford Bridge, and there are those that, despite his advancing years, can still see his worth to a club that needs an element of stability as we head through this transition period.

For the record, I`m firmly in the latter category.

Last night, up at Elland Road, Frank demonstrated perfectly that he can still deliver the goods. From the moment Frank embraced everyone of his team-mates in the tunnel, urging them to deliver the goods, until that final whistle went, Frank was up for it.

Perhaps an early indication that this would be his moment came with two crunching tackles he produced in the opening quarter of an hour. Even though the second brought a yellow card, Frank`s early contribution was a great indicator as to exactly what the team needed to produce to quell any early Leeds thrusts, showing that we had to match fire with fire and not just, as many suspected we might do, roll over.

As the game continued, it was Frank that peppered the Leeds goal with long range shots as the intricate play saw us stutter and struggle to make any early impression. Despite the continued sledging, form some Vital Chelsea members, relating to Frank only shooting for personal gain as he heads towards that scoring record, his unnerving knack of producing swerve, accompanied with a late dip, unsettled the Leeds keeper.

Indeed, it took a decent stop, by Ashdown in the Leeds goal, to stop Frank from registering on the score-sheet with a wonderful 35 yard free-kick that dipped and swerved at the last minute.

In the second half, despite the appalling weather conditions, Frank stuck to his task urging those around him to up the ante and to provide the passion needed to get back on level terms. As the half progressed Frank`s contribution increased to include the delivery for the headed goal scored by Ivanovic and yet another long range shot that saw Ashdown spill a swerving ball that was eventually netted by Torres.

So should we let Lampard leave?

No way, his experience, his leadership and his know-how should be harnessed with a possible coaching role awaiting him as his playing days become less regular.

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Date:Thursday December 20 2012
Time: 4:43PM

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He must stay. I really dont understand the ones who want him to leave. Ur not gonna find a another player like Lampard in this world. People always talk about other young players being the new Lampard but there is only one LAMPARD. I agree that he has to play a squad part role and realise that he is not going to play every game but we would be very stupid to let go a player of Lampards quality and experience. Look at giggs at man u, he is almost 40 and is still at man u. LAMPARD is the type of player who only stays at one club forever and that club is CHELSEA FC. The same goes with ashley Cole, tell me a better left back in the world, exactely there is none, so please chelsea board and Abramovich KEEP LAMPS AND ASH!!!!!!!!!!!!!
20/12/2012 16:56:00
just move on guys why we are debating on a person who holds no future at chelsea...yaa agree he was a great player but now move on.....enough of crap talking that we still need his experience his leadership....his leadership cost us club world cup and super cup...let him leave chelsea in the end of season let him give his experience and leadership to some other club.... we have enough problem at chelsea at present....first get rid of lady torres along with the spanish waiter along with all the deadwoods like malouda ferrera....think about chelsea future not about your favourite players future...
20/12/2012 16:57:00
I still believe that some people on here hates lampard more then they like Chelsea. It really showed yesterday. Lampard got the blame when it was Luiz mistake
20/12/2012 16:58:00
Here they come, legend worshippers
20/12/2012 17:02:00
He should stay. For all he has done and for all he still has to offer.
20/12/2012 17:05:00
Frank had a good game. He showed steel in midfield and especially in the second half he played like Pirlo. I'm of the opinion that we can still benefit from pairing Lampard with another holding midfielder. He's slowed down but his vision is still there. We've seen Frank as half match fit so far so that we know he can still do better.
20/12/2012 17:08:00
I am one of those who vehemently attributed our loss CWC on sunday to the double pivot where i felt Lampard dint give enough and should not have started...but truth be told...i taught Lampard had a huge game yesterday and was brilliant...he clearly led by example even putting his body on the line on a couple of occasions which was really good to see....performances like that one is enough reason to keep him at the club quite frankly...although for him to have the same level of influence whenever he plays will mean he cant play or start all matches...if a common ground can be reached between him and the club over the the terms of a new contract...then with such level of one can be against him staying at the club...once the role is fully defined and he agrees...what ever happens, he ramains a true chelsea legend with all due respect...
20/12/2012 17:09:00
It would be foolish to let Lampard go, if only perhaps for the example he gives to the younger players who need someone to look up to and emulate. However somebody seems to have told the Tsar that footballers are finished at 30 so despite what he can see on the pitch from both Lampard and Cole, he will let them go; I expect they will both come back to haunt us. The Tsar has brought many good things to the club but he listens to the wrong people in my opinion.
20/12/2012 17:17:00
so we should copy manu style just to accomodate lampard?where are we going as cfc.the problem at midfield will remain until lamps moves on,coz no replacement would be sign to unsettle the legend who wants to play every game.its a shame.
20/12/2012 17:38:00
Lampard is a Chelsea legend, there is no doubt about that. However age is catching up. Im not saying letting him go is the right decision but he is no longer a starter for Chelsea. He needs to accept that. Go thru all the matches he played this season and we will find that the good performances like last night are very low. If he accepts the fact that he is no longer a starter and does not yap to the media the moment he is benched... there is no probs in giving him a years extension.
20/12/2012 17:45:00
No doubt Abranovich advisors with no football experience, will promt Frank`s and Ashley`s early departure from the club. Experience is something you simply cannot buy, once they have gone, everyone will be complaining about the lack of know how and experience on the pitch. Insisting that we have let them go too soon, just like Ballack where we paid the consequences.
20/12/2012 17:53:00
I hope this post doesn't sound too much like me trying to agree with all others but it is a complex situation which requires both club & Frank to compromise. Ranners is correct, it will ultimately be Roman's decision, heavily influenced by his advisers. I share Merlin's sentiments about Frank, his experience would be useful during the next season or two as our new (& as yet incomplete) midfield fully beds in but I have to say that nik001 has a good point too; Frank needs to accept a reducing status within the squad & certainly, a reduced salary.
20/12/2012 17:58:00
Whatever happens, lamps will always be a chelsea legend, if we are to renew his contract, it should be on the club terms, I hope he takes it rather than leave it, I for one will see it as something of a pride if he retires at chelsea, but it should be on cfc's term
20/12/2012 18:05:00
More reason why I just can't stand must of the trolls on here. A club is not run by just on the pitch activities,you need some players off the pitch influence. The team lacks leadership to steady the ship,and you want lamps to go. Absolutely pathetic,go ask Barcelona why they gave puyol a 4 year contract at 34 with his injuries and the fact that he is not the same player on the pitch anymore Ans...Leadership qualities. Lamps is and should be a big part of the new Chelsea Era. He understands what it is to be playing the dirty Leeds at elland road,he knows how much games like this means to fans,he got stuck in and naturally players around him got the message.
20/12/2012 18:05:00
Blueheart9 is right. If Lampard and Cole leaves u´ll all be complaining about leadership and experience.
20/12/2012 18:12:00
Anyone at Elland road notice Benitez trying to make his way towards the Chelsea fans Clapping? The reaction from Chelsea fans was total mayhem...hahaha...
20/12/2012 18:13:00
@nely..sorry i am really interested in the mayhem...was it good or bad..i mean we had just won a gfame away from home...could you just describe the reaction a bit more..?...m almost bursting into laffter here already
20/12/2012 18:18:00
If roman wants chelsea to be like barcelona then chelsea should alove Terry and lampard a contract to 2016 since booth Puyol and Xavi had been given that in barcelona.
20/12/2012 18:38:00
Offtopic guys, it seem we are back in for willian!! I'll be glad if its true, he is a player I admire so much with what he showed in the UCL this season, I won't mind a midfield trio of oscar, mata and willian, with fellaini and rammy in the pivot and a deadly striker like falcao/cavani upfront!! Jeez!!! That can only happen in football manager me thinks
20/12/2012 18:54:00
Frank had a very good game yesterday but such performances are no longer consistent because he is much older now and needs to manage his game time. With regards to his chelsea future, its obvious now that the club wont be offering him a new deal. Frank openly said that the club never made any contact for contract talks unlike cole who had been offered a year deal but wants two years. The truth is that there alot that happens behind the scene that we the fans dont/wont know.
Chelz Akamz
20/12/2012 19:08:00
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