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What does David Beckham leaving LA Galaxy mean for Chelsea star Frank Lampard?

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With Becks confirming he is on his way out of LA at the end of the year will Chelsea and England man Frank Lampard take his place in January or is it a move to far from home?

David Beckham has made his intentions clear. He will not be staying at MLS side LA Galaxy. It was an expected move after he only agreed a one-year-extension earlier in the year and he will hope to go out on a high with victory over Houston Dynamo in the MLS Cup Final, therefore helping The Galaxy to a second consecutive MLS Cup triumph.

While the merry-go-round has already started spinning on possible Beckham destinations from around the globe could his potential move to Australia, Paris or China be a strong indicator toward somebody else’s future.

Frank Lampard is hurtling toward free agency; the comfortable unemployment status of a Premier League stalwart and while he is not likely to be offered a new deal at Stamford Bridge many teams in England would snap his hand off given the chance.

Lampard however has previously been linked with a move to LA at the end of the season and now with the prospective absence of the most designated of designated players it leaves a gaping hole at the Home Depot Arena.

Can Lampard fill it?

Firstly the move for Beckham can act as a deterrent toward a deal. The presence of a good friend in the city would have given Lampard a much better chance of settling in quickly however the potential loneliness factor should not be considered too big a problem.

He proposed to his fiancée Christine Bleakley while holidaying in LA and had openly admitted he loved the area. Recently his PR Representative was seen taking in a game in America and all this has added fuel to the flames that Galaxy will replace one English star with another. They will certainly want to continue their reputation as the Hollywood team of American soccer and it would take a signing of Lampard’s magnitude to achieve such a feat.

It would be a good move on one part for Lampard as he approaches the latter stages of his career the opportunity to be handed the baton from his former England team-mate will leave him surely excited.

However there are of course numerous reasons why he may consider it a move to far and too soon. What will it mean for his international career? Roy Hodgson has not given any indication yet that he doesn’t see Lamps as a member of his current squad. While his absence may be a plus in the long run from England fans perspective; Lampard may find it hard to effectively put an end to his chances.

Lampard also has two children from a previous marriage, and while I would not make the mistake of James O’Brien by calling into question his parenting duties; I know nothing about it; but a move to America may be a strain on his personal status.

It is interesting to say the least but on a purely footballing basis it is a deal that makes sense.

He is more than good enough to play in the MLS despite its ever improving standard and there is little doubt he would play with a smile on his face in the Golden State.

Does a Lampard switch to LA make sense in January?

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