NYCFC Loan Watch: Lackluster Lampard debut, Jacobson scores, more

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New York City FC star DP Frank Lampard made his debut for Manchester City this weekend against Arsenal; his first professional minutes since a 0-0 Chelsea, Norwich draw on May 4th.

While playing his typical possession style, Lampard certainly seemed a man coming off a long sabbatical.

The former Chelsea star earned the start but coach Manuel Pellegrini saw enough by halftime, pulling him in favor of Samir Nasri.  His minutes were not disastrous by any means, but it was clear Lampard was simply short on fitness.  He struggled greatly against the young, speedy legs of Arsenal’s midfield, falling behind his markers and even earning a yellow card on a desperate lunge to Aaron Ramsey.

Even his possession and distribution was not of the quality one expects in Lampard.  He completed a nice clip, going 21 for 26, but most of those attempts were lateral passes of little consequence.

What does this mean for NYCFC?  Very little.  A player of Lampard’s quality immediately puts him in the upper echelon of MLS midfielders.  However, in the unforgiving world of the Premiership, it could spell out a steep climb for minutes, particularly ina competitive Manchester City.

LOANEE ROUNDUP

  • Andrew Jacobson scored for Stabaek in a 3-2 victory over IK Start — and it was quite a strike.  The former FC Dallas midfielder blasted a shot from 25 yards out to give Stabaek the 2-1 lead en route to a victory. Jacobson has made the very most of his loan, starting nearly every match since joining Bob Bradley’s side.
  • Josh Saunders was in net for a crushing 3-1 road loss for the San Antonio Scorpions against the Carolina Railhawks.  Despite the loss, they are still one point ahead in the Fall Championship and two points behind Minnesota in the combined table.
  • Across the pitch from Saunders was future teammate Kwame Watson-Siriboe.  The defender played centrally for the Railhawks in the victory, his third start for the club.
  • David Villa is set to join Melbourne City in October.
  • Jeb Brovsky remains out at Stromsgodset.