Delicious Humble Pie!
It's obvious that Lampard is not the same old consistent top player, but he's still a big threat for our opponents. Last season, I was one of those that always said we have to sell him. In AVB's season, I was furious about Lampard's deeds on and off the pitch.
I was one of those, as some might say, 'Lampard haters' (though I never hated him!). I remember arguing with SpanishBlue, RadioactiveD, etc about this. But Lamps proved me wrong ever since AVB got fired.
He started slowly, but bit by bit, his form improved. He contributed to the team massively this season, having 19 goals and 8 assists to his name (club only). It's a huge achievement for a 35 year old midfielder who has not played regularly.
Yes he's slower nowadays, but he has scored goals when it mattered. Tap-ins or not, you have to be there to stick it in. I read some comments about him being 'greedy' for scoring goals, that 'he cares too much about breaking the club's goal-scoring record'.
Saying such things is not fair at all. He has passed the ball when his team-mates were in better positions to score (Oscar's goal against Swansea for example). He shoots from long distances because he has proved that he still can score them not because he's 'greedy'.
His goal away at Newcastle, or the free-kick against Spurs last season to name a couple.
Last night again he came close twice to score those trademark shots. He's a saviour and a leader. Not only that but he's a role model for our youngsters. Lampard deserves the contract extension and I'm more than happy to see him signing it.
I believe the board has seen these things in him and that's the reason they offered him an extension. It's not necessarily Jose's influence or that 'he's a legend so let's offer him a new contract'.
He still has more to offer. I congratulate Super Frank for his achievements and a contract he more than deservedly signed, and I apologize for my rants about him last season. I wish the players I have criticized prove me wrong in the future (Mikel, Bertrand, Cahill, etc). I will happily eat humble pie again!