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Leeds United legend: Frank Lampard 'not a good midfielder'

Former Leeds United legend Johnny Giles dismissed Lampard's abilities as a midfielder, claiming he is more of a striker.

Former Football League First Division and FA Cup winner, turned pundit, Johnny Giles dismissed Chelsea's record breaker Frank Lampard's abilities as a midfielder.

''I've never regarded Frank Lampard as a good midfield player,'' said Giles. ''I always regarded him as a striker coming from midfield.''

The Irishman added: ''He doesn't get on the ball, make clever passes, open the game up and control the game from that position, but every time there's an attack, he's in the box. If you're playing as the main midfield player, you can't afford to do that.''

Giles, who started his career at Manchester United, was a player that could never be called out on his lack of fight in the middle of the park, and it's that fight that helped him win numerous titles as a player.

However, it has to be said, football has evolved from the late-60s and 70s, it's a lot more tactical now and centre midfield players, like Lampard, don't have to be box-to-box. The systems utilised at Chelsea during Lampard's years allowed him that freedom to control the game higher up the pitch, and it worked.

The former Leeds man also went on to claim Steven Gerrard was never a 'genuine' midfield player either, and that's the reason they never gelled for England.

''Neither of them are genuine midfield players who can control a game,'' Giles said. 

''They're good at getting on the end of things, but if you don't initiate the attack, then there's no end. When they played England, neither of them could initiate the attack, so they were never really in the game.'' 

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