Thierry Henry: I remember West Ham fans booing Lampard, it was unfair

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Arsenal hero says he was surprised the way Frank Lampard improved over the course of his career.

Thierry Henry paid tribute to Frank Lampard over the weekend, regarded as one of the best Premier League midfielders of the past decade.

Despite being tipped for the top as a youngster, his success was far from certain, and Henry recalled a moment he remembers Lampard being under pressure early in his career.

He told SkySports: "I remember playing against him while he was at West Ham.

"I remember our fans having a go at him, but so were the West Ham fans and I thought it was unfair.

"I never thought he was going to be the player he became."

Lampard left West Ham for Chelsea in 2001, having played more than 150 games for the Hammers.

He went onto become a three-time Premier League winner and four-time FA Cup winner with the Blues, scoring 208 goals.

Capped 105 times by England, Lampard's achievements cannot be knocked, with Henry attributing them to hard work rather than natural physical gifts such as pace or strength.

While booed at the time by West Ham fans in the instance Henry recalls, out of frustration, the midfielder was largely shown real support during his time at Upton Park - with fans simply wanting him to develop into the player he eventually became.

Instead his relationship with supporters at West Ham only soured when he left to join London rivals Chelsea, leaving his time at the club as a case of 'what might have been'.

Lampard is 36 and coming to the end of a loan at Manchester City, which is likely to be his last Premier League appearance before he finally begins his Major League Soccer adventure.

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