He is. Had Barca got him when they wanted, oen of Iniesta or Xavi would be on the bench and Lamps'd be getting the praise he deserves. One of the best passers in the game. And when you consider that he gets fewer chances than Xavi or Iniesta to make those passes in a match (because of the different passing mentalities), and the fact that he still manages a few every match, it's astonishing that hasn't gotten more international recognition. Best Premiership player of the decade, btw.