With news coming out that ex-Chelsea legend Frank Lampard will join Manchester City on a six-month loan from new club New York City FC, who will play in the MLS from next season, I discuss whether he is needed at Man City or not.
Lampard joined New York this Summer after his contract at Chelsea wasn’t renewed. However, the MLS side will not start playing competitively until next year. This means that their signings need somewhere to go in order to keep match fitness.
If Lampard does join Man City, he will play alongside the Premier League champions, but where does he fit in? Lampard plays in the centre of midfield, but with the capacity of moving forward and scoring goals, he needs to play with a defensive midfielder.
But, Yaya Toure plays in exactly the same capacity. The ability to go forward and score some great goals, but he also has the foresight to get into defensive positions. A true box-to-box midfielder if you ever saw one.
So why can’t Toure and Lampard play together and have two box-to-box midfielders. Well he could, but Man City have so many midfielders that would work better with Yaya.
Manchester City has Fernadinho, Samir Nasri, Jesus Navas, James Milner, David Silva and Javi Garcia. All of these could work with Toure in the centre of midfield. So why would Lampard want to go somewhere we he wouldn’t be first choice.
New York City FC also has links with Sydney FC who play in the Australian A-League. It would be a wiser move for him to go on loan with them rather than Man City. He would be guaranteed games, rather than just train with the first-team.
Man City would be wasting a lot of money should they sign Frank Lampard on loan in wages, but Lampard would also be wasting his time as he would only get the odd game, and would spend most of his time on the bench. He would only gain training experience.