Frank Lampard praises former New York City teammate Jack Harrison

Sam Preston December 4, 2020
Frank Lampard praises former New York City teammate Jack Harrison
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Chelsea manager Frank Lampard paid tribute to Patrick Bamford and Jack Harrison ahead of his side’s meeting with Leeds this weekend.

Lampard played alongside Bamford when he was a youngster coming through at Chelsea.

He was also a teammate of Harrison at New York City FC, and shared a recent conversation with the winger.

As per Metro, he’s still in contract with Harrison and shared his pride at how well the Englishman’s career is going.

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“A lovely lad, I spoke to him the other day,’ said Lampard of Harrison.

“But the player he has developed into, he’s one of their major players in an attacking sense. His career has gone in a great direction and will continue to.

“I like Patrick as a lad, he’s playing really well and I’m happy for him. He should be proud… to make different moves and to come back and be one of the leading scorers in the Premier League in a very good Leeds team.

‘I remember him well. He trained with us quite a lot as a young player when he arrived at the club. Clearly he had great finishing abilities and an eye for goal from those early stages at Chelsea.”

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Along with summer signing Raphinha, Englishmen Harrison and Bamford will be the main threats to Chelsea’s backline tomorrow.

Lampard’s side have established a new defensive solidity, but it will be tested by the in-form pair and Leeds’s man-marking, high-pressing style.

The Blues boss knows both men well and clearly holds them in high regard – he’ll just hope they’re not smiling leaving Stamford Bridge tomorrow.

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Sam Preston a senior football writer for the Boot Room and United in Focus. He is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist with five years of professional experience writing digital content. He studied with the Press Association and also has a 2:1 Law with French Law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Burnley, Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.