Scott McTominay has been compared to Chelsea legend Frank Lampard after scoring two goals for Scotland in their historic 2-0 win against Spain in the Euro 2024 qualifiers. The Manchester United midfielder, who has made just seven starts in the league this season, arrived late in the box on both occasions before firing into the back of the net. Speaking on talkSPORT, former Chelsea player Jason Cundy said the goals were “Lampard-esque” and praised McTominay’s finishing. The 26-year-old has now scored five goals for his country, having taken his international goal tally from one to five in two consecutive games.
McTominay’s performance has led to speculation that he could leave United this summer, with Jermaine Pennant suggesting that he could join Newcastle or West Ham. Pennant also suggested that McTominay would be a good replacement for Declan Rice if the West Ham midfielder leaves in the summer. McTominay himself believes he can still do more to get onto the scoresheet and wants to add more goals and assists to his game.
Scotland now sit top of their Euro 2024 qualifying group thanks to McTominay’s goals. The midfielder has been praised for his versatility, having played as both an attacking midfielder and a sitting midfield player. He likes to get in the box and help his teammates defend as well. McTominay’s goals have been limited in his career so far, but he believes he can add more to his game and is determined to keep doing so.
The comparison with Lampard is high praise indeed, given that the former England star is widely regarded as one of the greatest midfielders of his generation. Lampard scored 211 goals in 648 appearances for Chelsea, making him the club’s all-time leading scorer. He also won three Premier League titles, four FA Cups and the Champions League during his time at Stamford Bridge. Lampard’s late runs into the box and his ability to score from distance were a hallmark of his game, and it seems that McTominay is now following in his footsteps.
It remains to be seen whether McTominay will leave United this summer, but his performance for Scotland has certainly put him in the shop window. Newcastle and West Ham are both in need of midfield reinforcements, and McTominay could be just the player they are looking for. His versatility and eye for goal make him a valuable asset, and he could prove to be a shrewd signing for whichever club he joins. For now, though, McTominay will be focused on helping Scotland qualify for Euro 2024 and continuing to improve his game.