Collison - Lamps is leading light
West Ham midfielder Jack Collison is relishing the opportunity to go head-to-head with Frank Lampard.
Last Updated: 20/12/09 12:02pm
West Ham midfielder Jack Collison is relishing the opportunity to go head-to-head with Chelsea ace Frank Lampard.
Emerging talent Collison and his team-mates welcome the Premier League leaders to Upton Park on Sunday, live on Sky Sports 1 and HD1.
Former Hammer Lampard is certain to be a key figure in the match with his goals, creativity and energy in midfield.
And Collison believes coming up against the England international, who he rates as the best in the business, will help him develop his own game.
Collison told The People: "I'm really looking forward to playing against Frank.
"He's a player I really look up to and admire - his consistency, the amount of goals he scores and creates from midfield.
"He's quite remarkable and, for me coming through, it's something I'm trying to add to my game.
"Frank's definitely the most complete midfielder in the country."
West Ham are struggling badly at the wrong end of the Premier League and will slip to the very foot of the table if they are beaten.
But Collison does not expect under-pressure manager Gianfranco Zola to abandon his principles in the face of a survival scrap.
He added: "People have asked 'Are you going to change the way you play?' I can't see that. The manager wants us to get the ball down and play football.
"Chelsea is a big game for the manager and is an opportunity for us to turn things around and show people we are a good team.
"I'm going to be out there trying to prove a point and show I am a good player."