Time to be Frank: On this season's evidence, Benitez and Chelsea should be scrambling to offer Lampard a new contract
15:05 GMT, 31 December 2012
For the past 15 years, Frank Lampard has thrived on being in the right place at the right time.
And he exhibited his perfect judgement once more yesterday, as his two immaculately-timed goals gave Chelsea a 2-1 success at Everton.
Lampard, 34, is the club's fourth highest appearance maker, with 575 outings in blue, and is just one goal off overtaking Kerry Dixon to become the club's second all-time highest goalscorer.
Sign him up! Frank Lampard, 34, is out of contract at Chelsea in the summer but there's no sign of a new deal despite his two goals at Everton on Sunday
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He is admired far beyond Stamford Bridge for his selfless workrate, box-to-box leadership, chance creation and finishing, and has been a pillar of the successful Roman Abramovich era.
How peculiar, then, that Lampard could be in a different place next season having not yet been offered a contract extension at the club to which he has devoted the last 11 years.
In the same way evergreen players such as Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs still have something to offer at Manchester United, Lampard still has plenty in the tank.
The season's statistics prove this – Lampard has outperformed Chelsea's other midfielders in all the goalscoring and shooting categories.
With six goals in the Barclays Premier League, he has more than Ramires, John Mikel Obi, Oscar and Oriel Romeu combined.
And this, despite having played less than half the minutes of the first three.
Only Oscar has been more creative – fractionally – with an opportunity sparked every 51 minutes compared to Lampard's 58.
But the England man is deadlier in front of goal and boasts a phenomenal shooting accuracy rate of nearly 91 per cent.
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On these measures, Lampard has remarkably got better since last season, when he scored 11 times in 30 league appearances.
His manager, Rafa Benitez, is famously one for 'facts' but despite these consistently impressive statistics, no offer of a new deal has been forthcoming.
1. Ron Harris (1961-1980) 795
2. Peter Bonetti (1959-1979) 729
3. John Hollins (1963-75 and 1983-1984) 593
4. Frank Lampard (2001-) 575
5. John Terry (1998 – ) 557
1. Bobby Tambling (1959-1970) 202
2. Kerry Dixon (1983-1992) 193
3. Frank Lampard (2001-) 192
4. Didier Drogba (2004-2012) 157
5. Roy Bentley (1948-1956) 150
Consistency: Lampard has been scoring crucial goals for Chelsea for 11 years, including this one in a 2-0 win at Bolton in April 2006 as Chelsea headed for the title
After his brace at Goodison Park, Lampard said: 'We haven't been talking about a new contract in the last couple of weeks. At the moment nothing has been said and my contract is up in the summer.'
Benitez was similarly cagey on the chances of a new deal, saying: 'My job is to keep Lampard fit. He is a good player.
'He is under contract, fully committed and working hard and that is the way. We cannot say too much about this.'
Some 'facts' for Benitez to consider about Chelsea's midfield
What next It remains to be seen whether Chelsea manager Rafael Benitez will offer Lampard a new contract
If Benitez's doubts centre around Lampard's ability to cut it in the hustle and bustle of the Premier League, then he might keep him simply as a good luck charm.
In the 11 league matches Lampard has featured this season, Chelsea have won ten and drawn one.
Really though, on recent evidence, Benitez should be personally typing out that new contract.