West Ham youngster reveals Chelsea's Cole and Lampard as role models
Wales midfielder Collison has slowly grown in stature since making his first-team debut for the Hammers at Arsenal on New Year's Day 2008, and hopes to continue his rapid development.
"The club has a great tradition of bringing through these young players, who have gone on to be some of the best in Europe."
Collison said: "We have to look up to them, and try to get to the level where they are at."
It has been a difficult year for Collison off the field, as his father was killed in a motorcycle accident while on his way to watch Jack play in August.
On hearing the news, Lampard sent the young player a message of support.
Collison was touched by the gesture.
He said: "Hopefully on Sunday, I will get an opportunity to speak to him properly and thank him - after we have beaten them!"
Collison continued: "Frank is someone I really look up to as a player, and gave me some support through what has been a really tough time to me.
"He is such a consistent player, and the amount of goals he both creates and scores from midfield is something I have to try to put into my game."