Lampard is a living legend and will always be remembered as one of the best players to have featured in the Premier League. The 35-year-old has won everything there is to be won in club football during his 13 years at Chelsea, including the Premier League thrice, the FA Cup on four occasions and the Champions League once.
However, the veteran midfielder’s importance at Chelsea has dwindled over the past two seasons, as he could start just 20 Premier League matches under manager Jose Mourinho in 2013-14. He scored six goals and provided just three assists in the league – stats which are not impressive for someone who is regarded as one of the top goalscoring midfielders in England.
At 35, Lampard is past his best, although he will still feature for the Three Lions at the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil this month. However, he can no longer remain an important member of the Chelsea team and looks on course to join Major League Soccer’s newest club this summer.
Michael Owen, who played alongside Lampard for England, believes that the midfielder’s decision is perfectly timed.
Reports suggest Frank Lampard joining New York. If that was always his intention then I reckon he has timed it to perfection.— michael owen (@themichaelowen) May 31, 2014
The MLS may not be of the same standard as the Premier League or La Liga, but it is a competitive league replete with veteran European football stars. Lampard can still continue to play for three more years at least and having enjoyed everything London has to offer, he will be looking forward to living in New York.
However, it may not be the end of Lampard’s career in Europe. New York City FC will not play in the MLS until March 2015, which means that the 35-year-old could play for another club on loan for the first half of the 2014-15 campaign. Chelsea could be an option, and so could Manchester City, who have the same owners as NYCFC.