Robin van Persie explains what made Frank Lampard a world-class player in his prime

De Graafschap v Feyenoord - Eredivisie

In his prime, Robin van Persie was one of the Premier League's deadliest strikers.

He spent over a decade in England's top flight, with eight seasons under his belt at Arsenal before moving to Manchester United.

For the two clubs, he scored 190 goals and won every domestic title that was on offer.

Now 35, Van Persie plays back at Feyenoord in Holland, where he began his professional career.

He's still bagging goals and has netted 14 in 19 appearances in the Dutch Eredivisie.

That's impressive for a player coming to the end of his career - and even better considering he's playing slightly deeper these days.

The Dutchman is sometimes deployed in a no.10 role - with Sam Larsson and Steven Berghuis in more advanced positions.

Van Persie is well suited to his new position - but that hasn't come without a lot of work.

De Graafschap v Feyenoord - Eredivisie

Recently, the former Premier League striker has opened up about how he's adapting to life as a no.10 and revealed that he's been modeling his game on Chelsea legend Frank Lampard

"There was ­something fascinating about the way Frank Lampard operated on the pitch," Van Persie said, per the Mirror.

"For me, the art of being a great player is seeing things early and ­reading situations before others do. Luka Modric is brilliant at it – but Frank was the best of all."

Chelsea's British midfielder Frank Lampa

As well as paying the ex-Blues midfielder a big compliment, Van Persie went into more detail about what made Lampard world class. 

"I heard that some coaches observed him once for 90 minutes and it was noted that Frank’s eyes looked all around the pitch about 1,000 times," he continued.

"When I heard about that, I took it on board and decided to work on that aspect of my game intensively.


"These days, I often play as a No.10 in midfield, which means I have three attackers in front of me. 

"It is very tiring. But if you have the picture in your head, that means you can play the fastball. It is such an important option. Lampard used to do that." 

So, it seems Van Persie is quite a fan of Lampard, a man he came up against on numerous occasions throughout his career, but clearly always appreciated sharing a pitch with.  

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