Why we should talk to Frank

In the summer of 2001, Frank Lampard traded East London for West in a highly-contested transfer from West Ham United to Chelsea.

In the summer of 2001, Frank Lampard traded East London for West in a highly-contested transfer from West Ham United to Chelsea.

The fee, £11m, was a large amount at the time for an Englishman that possessed bags of potential in order to become one of the great midfielders of his time. That was all it was at that point, potential. Eleven years on and I think even for the most ardent Hammers fans, it is safe to say that Frank has fulfilled that potential and then some.

Lampard has fully established himself, not only a Chelsea legend, but also an English legend. Three Premier League titles, four FA Cups and that solitary Champions League medal have all found their way into Lampard’s trophy cabinet during his time at the club. He is twelve goals shy of becoming the top goalscorer of all time at our neighbours as well as making the fourth highest amount of appearances. Frank’s legendary status is truly cemented into Chelsea folklore. His England career hasn’t been too bad either.

Lampard has fully established himself, not only a Chelsea legend, but also an English legend. Three Premier League titles, four FA Cups and that solitary Champions League medal have all found their way into Lampard’s trophy cabinet during his time at the club. He is twelve goals shy of becoming the top goalscorer of all time at our neighbours as well as making the fourth highest amount of appearances. Frank’s legendary status is truly cemented into Chelsea folklore. His England career hasn’t been too bad either.

Despite frustratingly not being of achievement and our club should take a large chunk of pride from Frank’s success. After all, a graduate from the academy of football is forever a Hammer at heart. Or so they say!

Whilst Mata, Hazard, Oscar and co have been thrilling the Stamford Bridge faithful with their intricate passing and sublime skills this season, Frank has found himself on the sidelines. Despite this, Frank still has three league goals this season which has put him well on his way to continue his remarkable record of scoring over ten goals in consecutive Premier League seasons. Of course during AVB’s tenure at the club Lampard was dropped too but he still managed to weave himself back in to eventually help win the coveted Champions League trophy against Bayern Munich in May.

But this time it’s different. The 34-year-old continues to make just cameo appearances and score the odd penalty at the same time as being linked with moves abroad, from China to France, Spain to America, with the latter proving the most talked about in the rumour mill. However, one link has yet to be mentioned. A link much closer to home in more ways than one. He may have left in unfortunate circumstances but a move back to the Boleyn for Frank Lampard should not be ruled out. His undoubted quality will never go away and although a lot of money would need to be offered to prize the 34-year-old away, an attempt should be made by Gold and Sullivan.

An attempt was made to get Joe Cole come back in the summer, but after seeing him slum it out in the Europa League, the failure to get him may be a blessing in disguise. Although the formidable threesome Noble, Nolan and Diame continue to boss the midfield week in, week out, if an opportunity to snatch Lampard rose then we should not think twice about it. The ‘fat Frank’ songs may still linger in Lampard’s head and I am sure there are several teams that are willing to offer more tempting, lucrative contracts.

But stranger things have happened in the transfer market and especially at West Ham. Just ask those Argentinian lads in 2006, Carlos and Javier I think it was. No doubt that the reception will be mixed if (a big if) he did ever come back with some fans unwilling to let go the ‘betrayal’ of their player who seeked to further his career. I would be delighted to see Lampard back at West Ham, as even at the age of 34; he still has something to offer.

The club are going in the right direction with Europe on the horizon if current form continues, upping the ante that the club can now attract the players of Lampard’s calibre. Another 10+ goals a season man is exactly what the team needs if this target is to be met. The pressure needs to be taken off Kevin Nolan’s shoulders. Who better to fill that void than the man that has almost single handily kept Nolan out of the international picture. One can dream but if the boy from Romford was offered a chance to finish his career where he started, something tells me the offer would be too difficult to turn down.

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