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Shaka Hislop: Frank Lampard is a cheap and easy fit for Chelsea

There is probably a bit of a buzz going around SW6 right now.

Frank Lampard has obviously been strongly linked with a return to the club in which he achieved so much as a player, with ESPN reporting that the west London club are set to offer their legend a three-year contract.

One ex-pro, however, does not seem too impressed with this pending move, deeming Lampard as a “cheap” and “easy” fit. Here’s a closer look at the verdict in our latest Pundit’s Choice piece.

“This to me doesn’t make an awful lot of sense,” former West Ham goalkeeper Shaka Hislop recently said on ESPN FC (via Daily Express). “If you’re Frank Lampard, of course you take the job, that goes without saying.

“But from a Chelsea perspective, I’m not sure if Frank Lampard is the right man for this job, other than he’s a cheap and easy fit. He’s at least an option that will appease the fans in the short-term.”

A gamble for both parties? Perhaps. But considering everything that has been coming out of Chelsea over the last few days, Lampard seems anything but a measly cheap and easy option.

Amid their transfer ban, many outlets including the Evening Standard have reported that the Stamford Bridge hierarchy see the 40-year-old as the perfect coach to come in and utilise the club’s current crop of talented youngsters.

Whether it works out or not obviously remains to be seen. But based on the above, from Chelsea’s perspective, a lot of thought does seem to have gone into this. And the club’s expected reshuffle of its structure and backroom staff upon Lampard’s imminent arrival only adds to that. Can you say that about all of the Blues’ decisions in recent years? Probably not.

Given the circumstances, it is not hard to see why Chelsea have turned to their legendary midfielder.

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Shaka Hislop: Frank Lampard is a cheap and easy fit for Chelsea
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