The name of Frank Lampard will need no introduction to fans of the beautiful game, the 38-year-old being a great of the modern era who announced in mid-November that he would be leaving New York City FC at the end of the MLS season.
In a post to his Instagram account (below), the former Manchester City, Chelsea and England stalwart said that, after two years in the Big Apple, he was calling time on his MLS adventure.
As my time at NYCFC comes to an end I would like to thank so many people for the kindness and support that they have shown me over the last two years. My teammates have been a pleasure to play alongside. The amazing fans have given me incredible support and backing. All the people that work behind the scenes at NYCFC have made it so easy for me to work and settle here. I have very much enjoyed my time, and I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to play for such a great club and in such an incredible city. I leave with many great memories as I embark on the next stage of my career and I’ll be making an announcement very soon. @nycfc
As the plaudits rolled in for the 106 cap, 29 goal former England international, thoughts turned to his next move and were somewhat heightened by his cryptic last line of “I leave with many great memories as I embark on the next stage of my career and I’ll be making an announcement very soon.”
Whilst many automatically assumed that, due to his age (he’s 38), Lampard would naturally transition into management, it seems that this may not automatically be the case. According to bookmakers Bet Victor, Brighton and Hove Albion are 2/1 favourites to sign the former Chelsea and England star before 3 February 2017.
Despite his advancing years, Lampard would no doubt be seen as an important signing and one who would bring instant class to a side that is riding high at the top end of the Sky Bet Championship table and putting in a good shift at gaining promotion to the Premier League. Having a player such as Frank Lampard in the side would be a big advantage to such strivings.