Date:Thursday January 10 2013
So apparently Lampard is going.
A bad decision in my eyes, and not one that is being made by Benitez or any of the coaching staff.
I thought, one of the reasons that Lampard is apparently being shown the door is his high wage packet, we might compare him to another high earner.
1Wages - Torres earns around £175k per week, Frank Lampard around £150k. (from my sources).
2 Current levels of contribution - Frank has scored 7 in 18 this season, Torres has 14 in 32. Similar goal to game ratio from Frankie (a midfielder) and Torres (a striker).
Frank obviously offers much more than just goals, can we say the same about Torres? And which player 6 months ago was captaining us to the ECL final, playing and excelling in every vital game en route to the final?
3 Replace-ability? - How easily can we replace these players if we let them go? I would be surprised if we could find a midfield player who comes close to Frankie for less than £30m. We bid £40m for Luka Modric, who scores less, assists less and is less of a physical presence in midfield. We've just signed Demba Ba for £7.5m who is already showing Torres up.
4 Levels of commitment shown to them by the club - CFC management got rid of Didier, our greatest ever striker and did not replace him so that El Nino could thrive. RA has shelled out for Hazard, Mata, Marin and Oscar so that our playing style will suit him. And we brought in Benitez, to the fans' dismay, sacking a club legend who was voted ahead of Sir Alex for manager of the year 2011/12, to get the best out of him.
Frankie has been told (apparently) that he doesn't have a future at the club. Does anyone else think that if Frank had the same contribution levels as Fernando he would still be at the club?
If CFC have double standards, they should work in favour of the club legend and not against them.
Date:Thursday January 10 2013
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