Journalist Tom Barclay reckons that Tariq Lamptey has exceeded expectations since he moved to Brighton.
How has Lamptey done at Brighton?
Whilst the right wing-back had played plenty of junior football for England, he moved to the South Coast having made just three substitute appearances in first-team football for Chelsea.
One of those was during a victory at Arsenal under Frank Lampard, but the youngster’s experience in men’s football was limited to say the least.
But his lack of senior game-time has been far from evident during his time with Brighton, quickly becoming one of the most promising right-back’s in the Premier League.
His time with Graham Potter’s team has been largely overshadowed by a long-term injury sustained last December, but Lamptey had already shown in the 12 months prior what he’s all about.
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And Barclay has been thrilled with Lamptey since he made the move from Chelsea permanent last summer.
What did Barclay say?
He told GIVEMESPORT: “I don’t think it was expected that he would come in and do as well as he has. He’s obviously got electric pace, so much energy. He’s got tenacity, ability on the ball, good delivery.”
How far can Lamptey go?
His ceiling is extremely high. With goals, assists, pace and some impressive defensive ability, the 20-year-old has a skill set which should see him go a long way in the game.
Had it not been for his recent long-term injury, he would have surely been knocking on the door of Gareth Southgate’s England squad. The Three Lions boss already has a strong right sided department, but Lamptey’s form prior to getting injured would have given himself every chance of at least a call-up.
But should he keep performing, his time will come on the international stage. Lamptey’s short-term target is about winning his place back at Brighton and then picking up from where he left off before his injury, which should make Chelsea realise how big of a mistake they made in letting him leave.