The Daily Mail writes that Frank Lampard could be on his way out of Chelsea. While it may come to pass that he leaves at the end of the season, or in January, this article argues he has lost his place in the first XI and states that David Luiz’s midfield involvement against Monterrey is the signal of the end for Lampard at Chelsea.
In my opinion this was an indicator of Benitez tinkering with the squad as an experiment. A testament to the range of David Luiz’s skills, rather than Lampard’s fading qualities. Lampard had only just returned from injury and was brought on later in the game. He returned to the starting XI, Captaining the team for the game against Corinthians and was one of the few players that performed well in the Club World Cup final.
Chelsea would be foolish to sell Lampard but as this season has developed for The Blues nothing that Abramovich does surprises me anymore.
Pjanic, (22), is the suggested replacement for Lampard. With 5 goals in 17 appearances for Roma this season, he appears to be developing into a very competent midfielder. Priced at around £14 million, a sensible sum for Abramovich, Pjanic could be a wise purchase should Lampard be allowed to leave. The Bosnian international is a regular for his club and country and plays in a central, attacking midfield role, similar to which we have seen Frank Lampard perform so successfully over the years.
For me Lampard still has the ability to perform at the highest level and while Pjanic would suit Abramovich’s youthful revolution at Chelsea its necessary to hold onto at least a few experienced players.
Pjanic may be a long term prospect, but with Terry becoming increasingly injury prone, Chelsea are running out of leaders on the pitch, and I would prefer to see Lampard remain at the club with this in mind.