81% pass accuracy, no shots on target: Work needed for City star

Lampard

Frank Lampard made his debut for Manchester City against Arsenal on Saturday, so how did he do?

Frank Lampard pulled on a Manchester City shirt for the first time on Saturday, the former Chelsea midfielder playing the first half of the Blues' match against Arsenal.

The former England international was replaced at the interval by Samir Nasri, but how did the 36-year-old do on his City debut?

Well if this performance is anything to go by, he has some work to do if he wants to add to his Premier League appearances further before heading to the MLS in January.

Lampard touched the ball 21 times, but his pass accuracy was just 80.77%, considerably less than he will be used to.  He also failed to make a single key pass and his only goal-scoring attempt was off-target.

  TouchesAccurate PassesPass AccuracyKey PassesTotal Scoring AttemptOn-target Scoring AttemptMins
Frank Lampard 32 21 80.77% 0 1 0 45

Looking at more defensive areas, Lampard won a single tackle, made one effective clearance and won three duels.  However he failed to make any interceptions prior to his substitution.

Considering Manuel Pellegrini has the likes of Nasri, Yaya Youre, Fernando, Fernandinho and James Milner at his disposal, Lampard will know he has to find his best form if he wants to feature regularly during his loan spell; but he will have to do much better than Saturday's showing in the weeks and months ahead.

  Won TackleEffective ClearanceDuel WonInterception WonMins
Frank Lampard 1 1 3 0 45

At his best, Lampard was a Premier League great, and while those years are behind him he still has much to offer this City side.

It was a canny piece of business bringing him to the club, but if he wants to make more than cameo appearances going forward, he needs to up his game.

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