1 Yaya Toure Can Take More Of A Rest
It hasn’t been a good few months for Yaya Toure, who endured a disappointing World Cup off the back of becoming a laughing stock following the now infamous birthday cake episode.
Now 31 years old, it will be doubtful that Toure can exert his all-action, incredibly powerful authority over each and every match in the coming season, and so having Lampard around – even though he’s five years his senior – will at least allow the Ivorian to take a breather now and again.
2 It’s One In The Eye For Jose Mourinho
Manuel Pellegrini and Jose Mourinho don’t really get on, with the latter often critical of the former’s time at Real Madrid, where the Portuguese replaced the Chilean in 2010.
Evidently Mourinho didn’t feel that Lampard could contribute to his squad any more, and so if he recruits him and he proves to be a success, Pellegrini will doubtless feel as though he’s got one over on his old rival so soon after beating him to the Premier League title.
3 He’s Free And He’s English
City can boast some of the finest talents in the world, but the trouble is that too many of them hail from all four corners of the globe.
The English champions need more English players in order to fit in with UEFA guidelines, and with the Financial Fair Play regulators also keeping a close eye on the goings on at the Etihad Stadium, this move ticks a lot boxes.
4 His Champions League Experience Will Be Vital
Ever since they entered the competition in 2011 the Champions League has been something of a chastening experience for City, who at least managed to make it through the group stages for the first time last season.
Lampard’s six month deal means that he’ll only be around for the first phase of the competition in 2014/15, but his experience of winning the competition and playing and scoring in another final could rub off on his teammates.
5 He’s Still Got It
He may be 36 but Lampard still has the quality to affect games, so much so that there were plenty of Chelsea supporters who were disappointed to see him leave Stamford Bridge this summer.
He played well enough to earn a place in England’s World Cup squad, and with international retirement not apparently on his agenda, that extra quality he brings to City could help win them some crucial points in the first half of the season.
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