Last Saturday at Newcastle, Frank Lampard scored his 10th Premier League goal of the season for Chelsea, with a trademark thunderbolt from outside the box. Incredibly, it’s the 10th season running that the Blues’ midfielder has hit double figures in the league—a feat unmatched by any other player since the Premier League began in 1992.
Yet, even more incredibly, the powers that be at Chelsea have shown zero interest in retaining Lampard’s services for next season, declining even to open contract negotiations with the Stamford Bridge legend.
Of course, Lampard is no spring chicken—he will be 35 this summer—but does that necessarily mean he is completely past his best? While considering that question, it is perhaps worth remembering that a number of players have represented Chelsea with distinction in the Premier League era while aged nearer 40 than 30.
Here’s our pick of that select group, listed in order of their age when they made their last appearance for the Blues, starting with the youngest first.