Frank Lampard has done it again.
The New York City FC designated player netted his 5th goal during his current loan stint for English Premier League contenders Manchester City on Sunday in a 3-0 road win over Southampton. The victory sees the Citizens vault to second place in the table behind Chelsea.
Lampard's goal was the second of the afternoon after he made a long off-the-ball run from midfield in the 80th minute. His industry was rewarded with a pass at the top of the box, where he fired home a patented right-footed blast inside the left post to virtually secure the three points.
After the match the talk predictably centered around the timing of his loan deal and when he might be rejoining New York City FC for their 2015 inaugural season.
"I haven't spoke to them on that front at all, I've been concentrating week to week and getting fit when I was injured for a while," Lampard told Sky Sports. "I'm not looking that far ahead."
NYCFC brass have insisted that Lampard will be back in time for the club's 2015 preseason, but Manchester City manager, Manuel Pellegrini, postponed talk of Lampard's future until December.
Pellegrini raving about Lampard: "We are going to do the best thing for the club, his career and New York City FC." #MCFC— Joe Prince-Wright (@JPW_NBCSports) November 30, 2014