Chelsea: Frankie goes to Hollywood

Well not quite Hollywood but America at least.

Chelsea legend Frank Lampard has completed his move to New York City today to become the fourth signing for the formative club.

When players this great leave the fans hope that they will be replaced by footballers of commensurate quality. But it doesn’t always happen. Especially when the player leaving Chelsea is Lampard.

He was not only workaholic midfielder who passed the ball beautifully and got stuck in when he needed to – the real magic of Frank Lampard was that he scored so many goals – 147 in 429 league games for the club. And 211 in all competitions.

A lot of strikers don’t have a goal ratio of 1 in 3, let alone midfielders.

Thankfully Chelsea are replacing Lampard with a really top quality player in Cesc Fabregas. They don’t come much better than the Spaniard but he will still have huge shoes to fill and be expected to carry the goal burden from midfield next season for Chelsea.

The one jot on the CV was that Lampard, like so many of his contemporaries, arguably underachieved at international level.

He played at a time when England looked really strong on paper but Lampard’s England never really challenged in the big competitions.