Frank Lampard Remains a Key Player for Both Chelsea and England

Aaron GalesCorrespondent IIFebruary 7, 2013

Frank Lamaprd is still in fine form for club and country
Frank Lamaprd is still in fine form for club and countryClive Brunskill/Getty Images

When Frank Lampard rifled home his 27th goal in international football it sent yet another message that he is still a force to be reckoned with at the very top level of the game.

With Chelsea still having failed to offer Lampard a new deal he is able to leave Chelsea on a free transfer in the summer.

The idea that a guy of his ability is available for nothing should have clubs around the world licking their lips at the prospect.

Lampard is still a relentlessly good footballer. His eye for goal remains second to none, and there could be an argument for saying that he is one of the greatest goalscoring midfield players not just in England, but of all time.

His passing range, showcased brilliantly as Chelsea won the Champions League last season, is still scarily accurate. With Roy Hodgson trying to introduce England to a more possession based game somebody of Lampard's skill and experience is still vital, whether as a starter or coming off the bench.

Juan Mata aside, he has been Chelsea's best player this season. Despite all the contract wrangling going on off the field he has remained ever the professional, and he seems to be improving as he gets older. His fitness levels are still good and I would say he could play on for another four years in the top flight of English football.

I still think it is only a matter of time before the powers that be at Chelsea change their mind and offer him a new deal. They showed with Ashley Cole that they are willing to do this if the performances are good enough, and Lampard's still are.

He is one of the greatest midfielders of his generation, and if he were allowed to leave Chelsea it would be committing the sin of weakening themselves and strengthening a rival.

Whoever their new manager is next season I'm sure they would feel a lot more content if they have Frank Lampard in their ranks.