Tariq Lamptey joined Brighton in January, despite being wanted by some of Europe’s biggest clubs, including RB Leipzig and Nice, in a £3m deal from Chelsea. The teenager has gone on to become one of the standout stars in the Premier League so far this season, putting in an impressive display against Manchester United on Saturday.
Chelsea chief Marina Granovskaia could be regretting selling Tariq Lamptey after he once again impressed for Brighton.
Lamptey has been one of the Seagulls’ best players this season after sealing a £3m switch to the south coast.
The 19-year-old was wanted by some of Europe’s biggest clubs, including RB Leipzig and Nice, after it appeared there would be no room for him in Frank Lampard’s first team.
However, the Blues might be regretting their snap decision, as he showed he is up to the task against Manchester United, even winning the penalty for Brighton’s opener on Saturday.
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It may have been more wise for Chelsea to allow Lamptey to leave on loan and continue his development, instead of taking a pretty measly £3m.
Lamptey, who even grabbed an assist against his former club earlier this season, recently opened up about why he opted to leave his boyhood club.
“I had been there from a really young age so it was not an easy decision to make but you get to a point where you look at what the best thing is for your career and you speak to your family members and the people around you who help you and how you can take your game to the next level and how you can improve,” Lamptey told the Telegraph.
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“As I person I am a really ambitious boy. I am not one to sit back and rest on my laurels.
“I want to keep going and keep driving forward so I felt it was the right time for me to make the move and come to a club like Brighton which hopefully can give me the opportunity to develop into the player I know I can be.”
Lamptey has already broken into the England U21 set up, and is now being tipped for a call up to the senior side.
But the teenager insists he is focussed on his club career for the time being.
Lamptey added: “At the moment I’m just focused on Brighton and playing as many games as possible, keep training as hard as possible, keep playing well and keep a consistent level,” he added.
“What happens in the future on the international side, we’ll have to wait and see.
“I’m still young so I’m just looking forward to the next game which is United and keep playing as well as possible. Whatever comes next, we’ll see.”
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