HARRY REDKNAPP, who takes his struggling side to face Chelsea tonight, is amazed that Chelsea are planning to offload Frank Lampard despite a string of match-winning performances in recent weeks.
"I am surprised. I don't think they can upgrade from Frank. I don't think you'll find anywhere a better attacking midfield player who will score more goals in the Premier League," he said.
"Where are you going to find someone like him, a box-to-box player who can defend and then get forward and score?
"He has that knack of arriving in the box at the right time in the right place. That's such a gift he has got and I don't think you can replace that. Where are you going to find someone as good as him?"
Chelsea have not been beaten in any game Lampard has started in this season and his strike rate is rising too with two against Everton bringing his running total to a half dozen.
And Redknapp, Lampard's uncle by marriage, believes that the work he puts in every day on the training ground is the secret to his longevity.
"I've said many times he is the best trainer I have ever seen in football, without a doubt. I've never seen anyone even come close to him," Redknapp said. "The hours he puts in on the training ground are second to none. He is out there morning and afternoon.
"And when he was a 17-year-old kid, he used to go home and train of a night. When Frank felt he wasn't quick enough, he went and got himself a pair of running spikes and did his sprints."
"Mourinho said it too, that he couldn't get him off the training ground. That's when he was a top player and he's still the same."