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Published on Sep 5, 2009
Prior to 2008, I used to think of Frank Lampard as a one-dimensional goalscorer, but after watching him a lot during Chelsea's 08/09 season I began to appreciate his intelligence, creative mind and passing. Lampard was never a particularly talented youngster but through sheer hard work he has managed to mould himself into one of England's most cultured midfielders of the last 20 years, helping drive Chelsea to several domestic triumphs in the Abramovic era.
In 2008/2009, he recorded 20 goals and 19 assists in all competitions, while creating more goalscoring chances than any other player in the Premier League (131). He was unlucky that some of his brilliant passes weren't converted by the rather wasteful pair of Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka, otherwise he'd have assisted a few more goals. For me he was the 2nd best midfielder in Europe that season behind Xavi, and deserved more recognition. He wasn't even nominated for the PFA Player of the Year awards, which is a shame because he was probably the best player in England.