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.