Prince-Wright told BBC Sport that “the two legendary midfielders are likely to get vastly different receptions” from followers of MLS and Lampard is the one who won’t receive a completely warm welcome.
“Lampard can expect a hostile reception from hardcore MLS fans but that is likely to be temporary and given New York‘s shaky start to the season his arrival will be greeted with glee from NYCFC’s fans and head coach Jason Kreis. Lampard forging an instant partnership with David Villa will be key to the club turning things around,” said Prince-Wright.
While Lampard will have to earn the love of MLS fans, Prince-Wright believes that Liverpool‘s Steven Gerrard will prove to be an automatic hit.
“As for Gerrard, his arrival will be lauded by the whole of MLS and his superstar status fits hand-in-hand with LA Galaxy‘s philosophy.
“Given that the core demographic of MLS fans is between 18 and 49, most of them will have grown up seeing Gerrard and Lampard, along with the other designated player Kaka, rule Europe and be dominant figures for club and country.”
Despite the huge attention that will be drawn to Lampard and Gerrard when they arrive, Prince-Wright has warned that they must continue to perform if they want to remain fan favourites for the long-haul.
“Overall, the initial reception these two English superstars can expect will be hugely positive and TV ratings and media interest will go through the roof. But, and it’s a big but, they must deliver goals and moments of magic for the honeymoon period to extend through their Stateside adventure.”
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