Well the good news is that soccer fans will be able to see Frank Lampard on television this summer. The bad news, if you’re a fan of NYCFC or the former Chelsea man, is that he won’t be playing the sport, but rather commenting on it for the BBC.
BBC announced today it’s broadcasting team for this summer’s UEFA European Championships. The panel includes a number of famous names to fans of English soccer including Alan Shearer, Gary Lineker, Rio Ferdinand, Jens Lehmann, Robbie Savage, and of course, Frank Lampard.
These are all former great soccer players with a wealth of knowledge and experience. The other nice thing about most of these players is that they aren’t being paid millions of dollars to play soccer any longer. Frank Lampard is.
The European Championships take place in France from June 10th to July 10th, and while it is unclear how much of this will feature Frank Lampard’s opinions, it’s pretty clear that he won’t be playing at Yankee Stadium during this time period.
Frank Lampard has played exactly 10 of 44 league matches for NYCFC since signing for them on July 24th, 2014. He scored three goals for Jason Kreis’ side in their inaugural campaign. The official story is that he’s been dealing with injuries, and if that’s the case then it’s an extremely unfortunate situation for both the player and the club. However, we haven’t actually heard any kind of time table or specificity regarding the recovery of these ailments other than the occasional "day to day". The fact is, nobody other than Frank Lampard and possibly the club knows what the status of Frank Lampard is.
Last week, some video surfaced of Frank presumably at NYCFC training. There’s not a lot to go on here, as his slow amble across the practice pitch doesn’t seem to indicate fitness one way or the other. No, instead it seems to be something more akin to the famous Patterson-Gimlin footage of Bigfoot slowly walking through the woods and off camera perhaps to never be seen again.
Has Frank played his last match for the Citizens? It’s impossible to know at this time, but it’s starting to look like that might be a real possibility. Still, you can’t rule anything out. Maybe we’ll see him after the EUROs. Maybe he’ll stride confidently on to the pitch and lead NYCFC to the postseason. Maybe he’ll starting dumping in a goal a match and we’ll all feel silly for questioning his commitment. Or maybe not. Either way we’ll see Frank Lampard this summer. We just might have to tune in to the BBC to do it.