Should Chelsea’s season end in disaster, and failure to qualify for the Champions League is coupled alongside failure to win silverware, the 2012/13 will at least hopefully be remembered as the season Frank Lampard became the clubs all-time leading goal scorer.
The Chelsea number eight is just two goals shy of the record set by Bobby Tambling, and is still playing for a new contract if rumours are to be believed.
Another soap opera to run at Stamford Bridge this season has been the clubs refusal to offer Lampard an extension to his current deal that runs out in the summer – something that has left the clubs supporters, press, pundits and frankly everyone shellshocked.
Should Abramovich do the unthinkable and allow the Chelsea legend to walk away at the end of the season for nothing, a gaping hole will need filling in their midfield.
Here are five possible successors to Lampard at Stamford Bridge, although Chelsea fans will be hoping they are playing alongside him rather than instead of him for at least one more season.