New contract on the horizon for Lampard?
It was a good win at West Ham yesterday, one highlighted by Frank Lampard who ended something that seemed a goal drought by his own high standards with a brace in the 3-0 away win which, undoubtedly, must be the direct consequence of a more 'advanced' role Mourinho gave him - with the assured protection of Mikel and Ramires allowed to do his box-to-box thing!
It goes without saying the Chelsea legend, amidst boos from the home fans, proved again what a potent unforgiving force he can be in the opposition penalty box, and how he is not a "deep-lying" player; enough to have Jose in a post-match statement say,
"I think he's in a moment when he has nothing to prove,"
"He has only to enjoy the last years of his career. To score is part of his DNA as a player.
"I think I was his manager in the best period of his career and I come back to enjoy with him the last moments of his career. He has to enjoy what he likes to do and that is to play football."
The Happy One continued:
"Lamps played very well. I think he was another one very comfortable on the pitch. It was different to how he was playing before.
"We gave him the protection of Mikel to let him go forward a little bit more. After that, Lamps felt a bit more freedom to go into shooting areas.
"He played well, but to be fair, when the team plays so well, it's easier for players to have good individual performances."
"I've no idea how long he can go on. Depends on individual players. Sometimes they just stop. They have to enjoy when they don't enjoy so much, they decide it's time to stop."
Very well said Jose, you'd say. And suffice it to say we all trust Mourinho as a master at working the press, and fans alike ... talking the talk and walking the talk; but knowing Lampard who'll relish a chance to keep playing on till he reaches a Ryan Giggs-esque threshold, and how Mourinho will be favourably disposed to gifting one of his original untouchables - before the advent of the Oscars and the Ivanovic's - most if not all his Chelsea wishes, fantasies and dreams especially if the Chelsea all-time highest goalscorer keeps putting up such MOTM performances all-season [away from the dreaded pivot and free to prowl the attacking third], one wonders if all Chelsea fans think Super Frankie would then deserve a new contract!