Following his departure from Chelsea this summer, Frank Lampard hopes his midfield successor Cesc Fabregas will proves a huge hit at Stamford Bridge.
Spending 13 years with the Blues after his move from boyhood side West Ham United in 2001, Lampard scored a club record 211 times in 648 games for Chelsea, winning three Premier League titles, four FA Cups, the Champions League in 2012 and the Europa League in 2013.
Signing for MLS expansion side New York City FC, after his contract expired at the end of last season, the 36-year-old stresses that it would be unfair to try to compare Fabregas to him, and just hopes that the former Arsenal captain can live up to the billing that comes with last month’s £30 million move from Barcelona.
‘I’d hate to put too much pressure on Cesc. We’re all individuals,’ he said at the press conference for his unveiling with NYCFC. ‘He has his qualities and I have mine.
‘It’s a new chapter in a lot of ways at Chelsea and I wish them every success. We know Cesc is a world-class player. We’ve had our battles in the past but I wish him all the best because I wish Chelsea all the best.’
Leaving Arsenal for Barca in August 2011, Fabregas returns to the Premier League with high expectations, many expecting him to act as the lynchpin of Jose Mourinho’s side, who are looking to make up for their lack of silverware last season.
Set to fill the role in the lineup vacated by Lampard, the 27-year-old notched up 57 goals and 98 assists in 303 games during his first spell in England, and Chelsea will be hoping for similar production from the Spain international in their quest to challenge on all fronts.
Along with fellow summer signings Diego Costa and Filipe Luis, the pair both arriving from Atletico Madrid for a combined £51 million, Fabregas represents somewhat of a new era at the club and fans will be watching in eager anticipation once 2014-15 kicks off to see what he can do in a Blue shirt.