Frank Lampard’s career in numbers ahead of MLS move

Frank Lampard played his final Premier League game on Sunday and signed off in style, winning and scoring as captain of Manchester City. He will be joining up with New York City FC in July, where the fans eagerly await his arrival, as they are struggling at the bottom of the Eastern Conference.

The 36-year-old will turn 37 before his first game for the club, but he has proved age is not a problem in his final Premier League season, scoring six goals in 32 appearances.

He has won a whole host of trophies and personal awards, all of which came in his Chelsea career, throughout his career and his experience is arguably what the NYCFC midfield is lacking.

So lets have a look at Lampard’s career in numbers.


  • Premier League (3) – 2004/2005, 2005/2006, 2009/2010
  • FA Cup (4) – 2006/2007, 2008/2009, 2009/2010, 2011/2012
  • League Cup (2) – 2004/2005, 2006/2007
  • Champions League – 2011/2012
  • Europa League – 2012/2013
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Notable Individual Awards:

  • Ballon d’Or Silver Award – 2005
  • UEFA Midfielder of the Year – 2008
  • Premier League Player of the Decade – 2001-2010
  • Premier League Player of the Season (2) – 2004/2005, 2005/2006
  • PFA Team of the Year (5) – 2004/2005, 2005/2006, 2006/2007, 2008/2009, 2009/2010
  • Chelsea Player of the Year (3) – 2004, 2005, 2009
  • Chelsea Golden Boot (5) – 2004/2005, 2005/2006, 2007/2008, 2011/2012, 2012/2013
  • Chelsea all-time leading goalscorer – 211 goals
  • England caps – 106

Lampard is renowned for his late arrival into the box and finding the back of the net, which is something NYCFC will surely profit from.

He has scored a staggering 259 club goals in 882 appearances and picked up 106 England caps, scoring 29 goals for his nation.

The former England international will bring a wealth of experience to NYCFC and will be eager to make an impact.

How good will Frank Lampard be for NYCFC and how excited are you about his move to MLS?


Chelsea legend hints Premier League’s loss is a gain for MLS

Chelsea legend, Gianfranco Zola, has hinted that his former teammate’s departure for Major League Soccer will be a loss for the Premier League and a gain for MLS.

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.”

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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?

Who will make the greater impact in MLS – Gerrard or Lampard?

Ahead of the much anticipated arrival of Premier League legends, Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard to Major League Soccer, we look at who will have the greater impact.

LA Galaxy have had a slow start to the season and the pressure is mounting on Bruce Arena. Sitting seventh in the Western Conference is not where they would expect to be and if their poor run of form continues, more will be expected of Gerrard when he links up with the squad in July.

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New York City FC have won just one game in their first season in MLS. They have shown promising signs but it is clear that they will need time to gain invaluable experience. Sitting ninth in the Eastern Conference is not ideal but Jason Kreis and NYCFC fans have to have realistic expectations of how their first season can unfold.

So how do the two compare in key areas in the Premier League this season?

Stats via Squawka

Apps Goals Assists Pass Accuracy Key Pass Shot Accuracy Tackles Won Average Mins/Game
Gerrard 28 8 1 85% 48 50% 35 77 mins
Lampard 31 5 1 85% 14 55% 15 30 mins

Lampard has played three more games than Gerrard but staggeringly averages just 30 minutes a game. The Manchester City midfielder has been used 22 times as a substitute, starting just nine. By stark contrast, Gerrard averages 77 minutes per game and has started 24 of his 28 appearances. Which implies that Gerrard will be the fitter of the two players when they join.

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The two have had the same pass accuracy but Gerrard has made 34 more key passes (leading to a shot at goal) which is encouraging for the potential service he will supply to former teammate Robbie Keane. Lampard’s teammate to be, David Villa, has netted just two goals this season and is in desperate need of service.

These two have dominated the Premier League for years and there has been continual debate about who is the better player and that debate will now spread across the Atlantic. It is vital that both players hit the ground running and expectations of what they can bring are incredibly high.

Who will make the greater impact in MLS – Gerrard or Lampard??