Sol Campbell modestly described himself as one of the ‘greatest minds in football’ earlier this week - but one of the retired defender’s former England teammates might be more worthy of that accolade judging by his appearances as a pundit over the past 12 months.
Frank Lampard has popped up on various football shows since calling time on his illustrious playing career last February - and he’s impressed everyone with his erudite punditry.
The 39-year-old regularly features on BT Sport but has also appeared on Sky Sports and was on BBC’s Match of the Day (MOTD) on Saturday night.
The Chelsea legend, who was widely regarded as one of British football’s most intelligent players even before he retired, thanks in part to the 11 GCSEs he obtained back in 1994, is clearly a bright bloke with plenty still to offer the game.
Punditry is unlikely to be a permanent thing for Lampard, who has aspirations of becoming a first-team coach, but hopefully he sticks around on our television screens for a little longer yet.
Lampard exposed Jonjo Shelvey on MOTD
Lampard made some fantastic points on MOTD this weekend, with his comments on Jonjo Shelvey’s performance during Bournemouth 2-2 Newcastle United particularly on the money.
After Alan Shearer had purred over some of the passes Shelvey played, Lampard pointed out that Shelvey’s defensive contribution helped result in Newcastle throwing away their two-goal advantage.
Lampard noticed how Shelvey was stood hunched over with his hands on his knees for both of Bournemouth’s goals - scored by Adam Smith and Dan Gosling in the final 10 minutes of the match - and the footage is damning.
Watch it here…
“I don’t understand it,” Lampard said. “I don’t think it’s a physical thing - I think adrenaline would make you run back at that point - I think it’s a concentration thing, I think it’s a mentality thing. He switches off and Rafa Benitez will be livid - and that’s why [Shelvey] sometimes doesn’t play.
“He’s the best passer in the team, without a doubt, but moments like that can cost you a game.”
Reaction to Lampard's analysis of Shelvey
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