A new Frank Lampard growing alongside the Hammers: Trajectory moving towards Aston Villa rather than Stamford Bridge

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Very few players have embraced the Premier League soil like Frank Lampard. Considered one of the greatest midfielders in the history of football by many, the former Hammer and Chelsea lad has priceless records to his name, some even difficult to break. Recently, a young and promising midfielder from West Ham has drawn comparisons to the legend. The lad making chants is West Ham’s Lewis Orford, who is the target of Aston Villa. Unai Emery will be playing his first Champions League season with Villa and is keen on strengthening the team. Along with Emery, the board; Monchi, and NSWE are heavily investing in this summer transfer window. They have already signed the high-profile transfer of Ian Maatsen from Chelsea. Emery’s pull is chaotic considering Bayern were also in-line for the wingback. Villa are also closing in on the signing of Ross Barkley, and we can see some wise investments. 

Lewis Orford as new super Frank: A big shoe to fill at Aston Villa

With the pairing of a player who recently played in a in a Champions League final and a rejuvenatingly experienced lad, it is not really surprising to see Aston Villa making inquiries about Lewis Orford. Unai Emery, after rejecting Newcastle United, surely understood the importance of Premier League football. He is quite loving the environment and looking to stay for the long haul. It is imperative to see young players join in under the experienced French manager. Speaking of youth additions, teenage defender Ethan Amundsen-Day, a Norwegian youth international who has left FC Copenhagen, is also joining Aston Villa.

Lewis Orford might be rated really highly considering his age, but mind you, he is the captain of the England U18 team. The Hammers are also looking to renew the teenager’s deal, which is only making Aston Villa rush for Lewis Orford. The Guardian has rated the teenager the highest, with comparisons being drawn not only to Frank Lampard. He is also being called the next Declan Rice due to his stature and height. His late runs in the box make him stand out from a lot of senior players, too.

Praises from top journals

The Guardian rates the teenager highlhy and has praised in their recent article. It has mentioned;

“West Ham continues to be production line for midfielders and Orford, a lifelong fan, might be the latest to follow Declan Rice, Mark Noble, Frank Lampard, Joe Cole and Michael Carrick. His height reminds of Rice and Carrick though he exhibits a greater turn of pace than either, with a range of passing beyond his years that has made him the Hammers’ Under-18 playmaker. There is something, too, of Lampard in his ability to arrive late on the scene for scoring opportunities. He played at Under-18 level when still qualified for Under-16 and Under-15 level and has dedicated himself to improving his set-piece delivery.”

Lewis Orford is making a name for himself in the Premier League 2 with more than 20 appearances to his name. The U18 international is a very versatile player who has commendable grip and depth of field. He can also be unleashed as a striker when required. Wherever he joins, he will turn out to be a useful resource.

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