Chelsea fans have voted in favour of Frank Lampard being a regular starter this season, with 77 percent insisting that the midfielder belongs in the Blues’ starting line up.
In a poll conducted by GMF, over 20,000 participants had their say on whether the England international should be a key part of Andre Villas-Boas’ plans this season.
And with over 17,000 fans voting that he should be, the general consensus is clear that Lampard still has a lot to offer at Stamford Bridge, despite younger midfielder Juan Mata showing his star quality at the club already.
Villas-Boas insisted today that while Lampard has started three of Chelsea’s last four games on the bench, he is still a part of the club’s plans to win back the title and challenge for Champions League glory this season.
"Frank is an established player, a top-quality player, he's one of the most important players for the club and will continue to be," Villas-Boas said.
When asked over why Lampard hasn’t been a centre point for the club recently, Villas-Boas replied: "Everybody wants to play, so everybody competes for a place. There's no mystique in this situation. It's the day-by-day life of management."
And while Villas-Boas was adamant that all players will continue to compete for a place on the side, regardless of their experience or history as a Chelsea player, fans seem to think that Lampard has the presence to warrant a place on the starting line up.
“Of course he should be a starter....he scores on average 20 goals a season.....and we could do with such a strike rate,” Andrew Paul commented.
Jeffrey Tuckerman added: “Of course he should, himself and Terry are the backbone of Chelsea football club."
But 19 percent of fans, over 4000, believe that Lampard is better off being a fringe player, to make room for the up-and-comers to step up on the big stage.
"The thing with Frank that i have noticed now is that he likes to slow play down a lot now in his advancing years but its not the kind of football i want to see Chelsea playing now," Anthony Fernandez said.