Former Manchester City winger Nicky Summerbee believes that the signing of Frank Lampard is an ‘odd’ move for the club, as they don’t have a real need for him.
Lampard signed with City-owned MLS side New York City FC this summer, having opted to leave Chelsea after scoring a club record 211 goals in 648 appearances during his 13 seasons at Stamford Bridge.
However, with the expansion franchise not set for their first season until 2015, the 36-year-old has made a surprise return to the Premier League, joining City on a six-month loan, despite earlier reports that he could link up with fellow NYCFC signing David Villa at Australian sister club Melbourne City FC.
His signing understandably raising a few eyebrows amongst fans, Summerbee doesn’t see Lampard contributing much to the club’s title defence this season, though admits that his experience could be useful coming off the bench.
"I think it’s a bit of an odd signing if I’m honest with you. He’s good to have with his experience, maybe on the bench, but I don’t think you’ll really see a lot of him," he told Sky Sports News Radio.
"It’s good to have that experience there in certain situations where you can bring him on but I don’t think he’ll be playing that often. Again, it’s a bit of a strange one for me. They really don’t need him, but I suppose if you’ve got the chance to add him to the bench then why not."
His arrival allows City to satisfy the need for a minimum of five homegrown players in European competition but Lampard faces a battle for minutes in a midfield which contains the likes Yaya Toure, Fernandinho, new signing Fernando, James Milner and Javi Garcia.
Nevertheless, with the club looking to fight on all fronts, there will likely be at least some opportunities of playing time, although not against former side Chelsea, who the Blues legend has already ruled out facing when the two teams meet on September 21.