Chelsea’s all-time leading goalscorer will bring down the curtain on his illustrious Premier League career this weekend as he switches Manchester City for his overdue MLS move to New York City FC. Zola, reported by Sky Sports, is sad to see him leave.
“It’s going to be a loss for the Premier League. He’s been an outstanding player for Chelsea but also for the league. He’s an amazing player.”
The two played together from 2001-2003 and Zola has nothing but praise for his former teammate about his attitude, work-rate and desire for success.
“I saw him when he first came to Chelsea and he was very young then and wasn’t the player he is now,” said Zola. “But his attitude was fantastic.
“You could see he was going to become somebody important. I’m pleased to say he’s one of those guys who deserves everything he’s won.”
Zola comments about Lampard’s finishing will fill NYC fans with confidence as their struggles continue in their debut season. The former England international incredibly netted 20 or more goals on five consecutive seasons from 2005-2010. The skilful Italian praised Lampard’s ability to score important goals in big games and a strikers instinct with his surging runs into the box.
“He’s one of those midfielders who can score goals, especially when it comes to tight games.
“Everyone expects the strikers to score but actually Frank got the goals. But Frank has done better than just that because he keeps scoring all the time. I don’t think there is any other midfielder in the world who has scored as many goals as him.”
NYC have clearly been lacking a midfielder with Lampard’s ability but cannot rely on his arrival to change their fortunes. At such an early stage of their MLS career NYC have a lot to learn and are gaining invaluable experience, Lampard will only add to that.
Will Lampard have a great impact for NYC and how much does his move mean for MLS?