I was asked a question recently posed that caused me much thought and consideration and that question was “Would I have Frank Lampard back at West Ham?”
For me it is a tough question to answer because when I was growing up I was watching the likes of Frank Lampard, Joe Cole, Rio Ferdinand and Paolo Di Canio so I have a soft spot for these players because they were the players I looked up to. They were also my first real heroes in the world of football. Frank Lampard has a strong connection to the club through his dad and his uncle (Harry Redknapp). He came up through the ranks and was a West Ham boy, racking up 186 appearances with 39 goals. This sways me to say that yes I would like him back, but this is different to me actually wanting him back.
But the fact of the matter is West Ham have a excellent midfield at the moment with the likes of Mark Noble, Kevin Nolan, Mohamed Diame, Matt Jarvis, Yossi Benayoun, Ricardo Vaz Te and not to mention Jack Collison and with Diarra to come back from injury. Where would you slot Lampard in? He would bring a lot of experience to the midfield and he is a match-winner but we have that in Kevin Nolan. Mark Noble reminds me of a young Frank Lampard at times who is really coming into his own now and has combined a fantastic relationship with Nolan and Diame so I do feel it would be silly to disrupt that.
You also have to remember he is 34 years of age and has a lot of miles on the clock, not to mention the hefty wage bill he would likely carry with him which Karren Brady has worked so hard to reduce at the club. You couldn’t have a player like Lampard sat warming the bench. Lampard has also not received the most harmonious of receptions from some of the West Ham faithful so the decision to bring him back could also split the Hammer supporters.
So in conclusion; would I have Frank Lampard back? No. Although we have been linked with the return of so many of our previous players this year, I feel that we are beginning to create a new generation of young, hungry players in the team who could give the so called ‘Golden Generation’ a run for their money. In my opinion, Lampard = Noble, Rio Ferdinand = Tomkins and Joe Cole = Collison. We have to look at these and make this our new ‘Golden Generation’ and look to the future not the past.