It's not often that a former player goes on to manage his former club and when it happens it's usually for good reason.
Frank Lampard is a legend at Stamford Bridge, having scored more goals for the club than any other player in Chelsea's history. Now, he's forging a new path at the club as the man in charge.
Lampard's incredible goal stats from his time in the Premier League with The Blues are even more remarkable if you consider that he scored his goals from the centre of midfield.
🎱 Lampard the goal-getter
He also scored 24 times for West Ham United in his early playing days and six times for Manchester City in the twilight of his career. With those stats incorporated, Lampard scored 177 Premier League goals, making him the third-most prolific player in the competition's history.
👔 Lampard the manager
Frank has started life incredibly well at the helm of Chelsea football club. After a humbling hiccup on the opening day where the Blues lost 4-0 at Old Trafford, they've gone on a fine run of results. His young side has won seven consecutive matches away from home in all competitions, if you exclude the UEFA Super Cup final loss on penalties to Liverpool on neutral ground.
Chelsea's most recent result, a thrilling 4-4 draw at home against last season's Champions League semifinalists Ajax, displayed his side's fighting spirit as they clawed their way back from 4-1 down. Chelsea matches usually involve loads of goals, making them one of the most entertaining teams in Europe. Lampard's insistence on project youth has also been a breath of fresh air, with local talents Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount and to a lesser extent Callum Hudson-Odoi all starting and scoring regularly. 21-year-old centre back Fikayo Tomori has been a revelation in the heart of Lampard's new-look defence.
Add to that the foreign talents of Christian Pulisic, Mateo Kovačić and club stalwart Willian, and you've got quite an exciting blend.
There were early concerns that Lampard was jeopardizing his iconic status at the club by taking the reins as a manager, but the early signs are that he's steering the club in the right direction.
Frank Lampard is undoubtedly a Premier League legend and his progress with the club is something that we are watching with keen interest. The 39-year-old's next assignment is a London derby against Crystal Palace, with the Eagles flying high away from home under Roy Hodgson.
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