During the game against Leicester on Saturday afternoon, Frank Lampard proved that at 36 years of age he still has what it takes to perform at the very top level and is still a huge asset to any team he plays for.
Lampard, who scored to put his Manchester City side 1-0 up at the King Power Stadium, also reached an unprecedented milestone having equalled Thierry Henry’s 175 goal record in the Premier League.
However, the one difference being that Lampard has managed this feat from midfield. At 175 goals this now puts him in a very elite category of players – a solid 85 goals behind all-time Premier League top scorer Alan Shearer at 260.
Manchester City have been struggling with injuries as of late, including most recently, their captain at centre half – Vincent Kompany, along with other key players such as front men Stevan Jovetic, Edin Dzeko and Sergio Aguero.
It was heavily due to the ever-growing injury list at City that Lampard was awarded a place in Manuel Pellegrini’s starting XI and it would seem that it was a decision that has paid off.
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It proves that he is highly thought of by his manager and relied on just as much as he ever has been; reports have even been suggested that City boss Pellegrini wants to extend his loan stay at the Etihad or even engineer a permanent move for the 36-year-old.
After breaking the all-time goal scoring record at former club Chelsea, one wonders why he was no longer wanted and allowed to move to such brutal opposition.
If he has proved anything throughout his career it is that he can prove a vital component for any team he plays for, this has been shown at every club he has been at, West Ham, Chelsea and now of course on loan at Man City.
Lampard doesn’t seem to have lost a step and is still showing he is capable of banging in the goals no matter what position or what club he plays for.
He is around two years older than fellow England midfielder Steven Gerrard and thus far seems to be enjoying a much better season in terms of goals scored and quality of performances. He is playing proof that age is nothing more than a number.