As 40,000 fans cheered theintroduction of Frank Lampard Jnr from the substitutes bench in Chelsea's League Cup semi-final against Swansea , it begs the question of how the Blues and notably the ownership of the club can be so at odds with its' own supporters over the future of a player of such considerable stature.
Lampard is undoubtedly a legend to Chelsea fans and a core of the players within the squad itself. He has won nearly every major club trophy available to him, is now the club's second all time goalscorer and a three-time Chelsea player of the year.
The Chelsea management might have you believe that it is pure economics that provides the rationale for his exit.
Indeed, even if Frank is seen as a squad player, most top Champions League sides might reasonably expect to pay around the £50k a week mark for that type of player.
The truth is, that in spite of those undoubted talents, Frank has become a drain on the club in their style of play and is symbolic of the arrogance and disruptiveness still leftover from the Mourinho regime.
Lampard's Chelsea career was built under Mourinho, where the Portuguese built a rock sold defence and directness around the goalscoring exploits of Lampard and Drogba.
With the muscle of the Ivory Coast international now gone, an increasingly lacklustre Lampard offers little of the goal threat he once did, bar from the penalty spot.
His sheer presence in the Chelsea camp is also consistent reminder of the influence that the rather un-holy trilogy that he, JT and Ashley Cole still hold.
An influence which has served to undermine the likes of Scolari, Grant and Villas-Boas amongst others. It is this influence, and the rigidity of the system that the Londoner needs to play him, that a new Chelsea can well do without.
Keep Lampard, or let him go? What should Chelsea do?
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