Will Frank Lampard ‘s arrival cause more issues for NYCFC?

Fans in the Big Apple are eagerly awaiting the arrival of English legend Frank Lampard. Will the Manchester City midfielder be the answer to NYCFC’s woes though? Or will he cause more issues for an already struggling New York City FC side?

There seems to be a recurring theme going on in the Bronx; losing close games. The biggest question that remains to be answered though is, who is going to score goals on a consistent basis for Jason Kreis’ squad?

In New York City FC’s 10 matches in 2015, eight of them have been decided by one goal or less. Only in one match, the second of the season against the New England Revolution, did the Light Blues tally more than one goal in a single match (2).

Now, there are clear deficiencies for this team at several key positions, but the most glaring issue is undoubtably up front. Forward David Villa was brought in prior to the team’s inaugural season to score goals and create opportunities for others to score. Despite missing three matches due to injuries, Villa has still scored a team-high two goals this season, tied with Mehdi Ballouchy and Patrick Mullins.

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Mehdi Ballouchy (left) celebrates his goal against the Seattle Sounders with teammates Josh Williams (13), Khiry Shelton (19), and Adam Nemec (32).

That being said, New York City isn’t only having difficulty scoring goals, but creating them as well. Villa is the only Light Blues player to have double-digit efforts on target (13). The next closest player on NYCFC is Mullins, who has six shots on goal.

Let’s get back to Frank Lampard for a second though. The former England international’s talent is unquestioned, but he is going to be 37 years old by the time he arrives in New York in July. This season, Lampard has scored seven goals in 35 appearances for parent-club Manchester City.

Lampard’s arrival raises one huge question. What does Jason Kreis do with his overcrowded midfield? United States international Mix DiskerudKwadwo Poku, Andrew Jacobson, and Lampard all play essentially the same position in central midfield roles. It is obviously very likely that Lampard will come in and start immediately for NYCFC simply because of who he is. Where does that leave this team though?

Mix Diskerud is a star in the eyes of City fans, even though he hasn’t exactly lived up to his billing yet. He had the franchise’s first ever goal back in Week 1 against Orlando City SC, but since then, Diskerud has played several uneven matches, most notably against the New York Red Bulls where he was subbed off. Would Kreis bench him?

Other than the red card against the Chicago Fire on April 24, Jacobson has been stellar defensively for New York. Then, there’s Poku, who has provided great offensive contributions when he has played this season, as shown by the buildup to last Sunday’s goal against the Red Bulls.

These are certainly dilemmas that Jason Kreis needs to begin thinking about prior to Lampard’s arrival in less than two months time. Who knows, maybe by then another former Chelsea player like Didier Drogba will be joining NYC in an attempt to bolster its attack.

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