Frank Lampard has broke the all-time goalscoring record at the club surpassing Bobby Tambling with two against Aston Villa to go to 203. Should he leave now?
As soon as the ball arrived at the feet of Frank Lampard on the edge of the box you knew what was coming; the inevitable. When the ball was subsequently worked left you could see Lampard was making a trademark bursting run into the box and the result was never in doubt. Lamps slid home to grab Chelsea’s second and his 203rd goal for the club; making him the team’s all-time record goal-scorer.
The joy for their midfield supremo was obvious as emotion spilled over with an impromptu pitch invasion from the away fans. And the goals were also crucial. For most of the game Aston Villa looked ready to inflict a shock defeat on their Premier League rivals and leave them struggling to stay ahead of Tottenham and Arsenal in the Champions League places; until Lamps had his say.
But the goals surely highlight the idiocy of refusing to discuss a new contract with the player.
Last summer they were prepared to let Didier Drogba walk out on a free and now it seems Chelsea are just as happy to see another living legend just walk out the exit door.
For Chelsea not to offer a new contract to their now record holding goalscorer simply defies logic and despite talks that Jose Mourinho will insist on his stay should he, as expected, take back the hot-seat at The Bridge; the likelihood remains that he will leave in the summer.
For Lampard though surely things cannot get any better for him at the club then that moment at Villa Park; so perhaps now is a good time to leave anyway.
Firstly the club have not treated him with anything near the respect he deserves and he would not be begrudged telling Chelsea to stick it if a new offer did land on his table.
But if he leaves now he would sign off in incredible style and class and still have the ability to have an impact at another club; where those fans would soon learn to adore him.
America seems to be a likely destination and again you have to hope for the best in his future wherever that may be; but personally I think he should walk out from Chelsea with his head held high this summer with his place in folklore firmly installed.
Do you think breaking the record should be the perfect send-off?
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