Monday 04 February 2013
Frank Lampard may have left St James’ Park on Saturday with a sense of regret after his Chelsea side lost 3-2 to Newcastle United but the midfielder’s equaliser set another landmark in his stellar career in the Barclays Premier League.
The 34-year-old’s strike meant that for the tenth season in succession the England international had reached double figures in the English top flight. It is a sequence that started in the 2003/04 season and which has taken his total Premier League goals tally to 160 goals in the competition.
Since arriving at Stamford Bridge from West Ham United in 2001 Lampard has developed a reputation for being one of the most prolific midfielders in the world game.
His ability to pop up in the right place at the right time is reflected by the fact that 48% of his 136 goals scored in Chelsea colours have come inside the penalty area, his accuracy from range means that almost a quarter of of his goals (23%) have come from outside the area, while a cool head under pressure has resulted in a further 29% from the penalty spot (see image above).
Lampard has scored 111 of his goals with his right foot, has produced a brace 17 times and has even rattled off four in a match on two separate occasions – once in a 6-1 win against Derby County in 2008 and, two years later, when Chelsea beat Aston Villa 7-1. He also celebrated his 500th Barclays Premier League start for the Blues with a goal in the 8-0 rout of Villa on 23 December.
Alan Shearer is the only player to have scored 10 goals in more Barclays Premier League seasons than Lampard but this mark was achieved over 14 campaigns for Blackburn Rovers and Newcastle, between 1992/93 and 2005/06. Shearer, however, was also an out-and-out striker, while in his role as a midfielder Lampard, who became Chelsea’s second-highest all-time goalscorer recently, has also been called upon to perform defensive duties for his team.