Chelsea and Lampard – The End of an Era?
Sunday’s match with Swansea City saw legendary Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard score yet another goal to edge him closer to the record held by Bobby Tambling who was in attendance for the match himself.
There have been doubts over Lampard’s future all season with the club refusing to offer him a new contract or make any official statement on the matter. He has said himself that he would of course love to stay for as long as his body enables him and pretty much 100% of the club’s fans have voiced their desire for him to stay, so what is the problem?
Why are the club so intent on offloading an extraordinary midfielder who has shown his credentials over the years with 200 goals for the club and countless games where has shown commitment and loyalty as the vice-captain and midfield maestro.
The board may justify not offering him a new contract by purchasing a replacement but there are very few, if any, players in the world that can perform as a 20 goal a season central midfielder who can do any job you ask of him. It is going to take a huge sum of money and faith to be able to properly replace Lampard and take the club back to the top of English football.
Chelsea will also be getting a new manager this summer with Jose Mourinho being tipped to return in the press. It would be a great day for Chelsea fans if Mourinho was to return and he would surely want to keep Lampard playing at Stamford Bridge for at least another season.
The next few seasons could be difficult for the club as old faces such as Lampard, Terry, Cole and Cech begin to move on and the younger stars such as Lukaku, De Bruyne, Courtois and Hazard aim to bring a Belgian core to the team and drive Chelsea to European and domestic success.