Neal Maupay may possibly have scored two of Brighton’s three plans in Sunday’s get at Newcastle but in its place of getting the praise, he was eager to direct the plaudits towards a participant who is rapidly proving to be one particular of the Leading League’s most remarkable abilities.
“He was everywhere you go,” said Maupay. “This child does not have limits. He is 19 and actively playing at these a higher degree.”
The French striker was chatting about Brighton’s interesting correct-again Tariq Lamptey.
For the 2nd video game in a row, the England below-21 international caught the eye with his tempo and trickery. Right after both equally Brighton’s defeat by Chelsea and Sunday’s gain against Newcastle, Lamptey has been selected as participant of the match by BBC Activity visitors.
It is an amazing increase for the Chelsea academy graduate, who was snapped up by Brighton at the start out of the yr and now the Seagulls are reaping the rewards as the youngster goes from energy to energy.
Sturdy in the deal with and a hazard on the attack
Despite his young age and small stature, Lamptey is impressively solid in defence. That, coupled with his tempo and talent on the ball, helps make him a risk at both of those finishes of the pitch.
His influence in assault and defence in opposition to Newcastle was obvious in the stats. He made much more interceptions (4) and received a lot more fouls (4) than any other player on the pitch, even with getting taken off just right before the hour mark.
He tormented Allan Saint-Maximin – who fouled Lamptey to give away an early penalty – so much that Newcastle manager Steve Bruce switched his winger on to the opposite flank to give him some respite.
“He’s obtained these types of pace, he threatens the backline of the defence so effectively and then he does his personal defensive perform as nicely, he’s incredible,” Brighton boss Graham Potter said.
“I’ve spoken about his persona a large amount – he just needs to improve and to learn. He’s so refreshing to function with.”
The one particular that got absent for Chelsea?
Chelsea have been very well aware of Lamptey’s abilities, with the youngster impressing on his debut for the Blues in a 2-1 gain towards Arsenal on 29 December 2019.
He went on to make a handful of appearances immediately after that but, with his deal because of to expire this summer season, he determined to search in other places for far more typical match time, opting to make the swap to Brighton at the start of this year.
Lamptey has not seemed back, with his extraordinary performances beginning after the Premier League’s restart past time and continuing into the recent campaign.
From his former club very last week, Lamptey delivered the assist for Leandro Trossard’s aim, as very well as embarking on a joint-sport-large 5 dribbles.
His functionality acquired him a place in Garth Crooks’ workforce of the week for the first round of fixtures although his newest display screen prompted previous Liverpool captain and Sky Sports activities pundit Jamie Carragher to write on Twitter that he “loved” Lamptey.
“It’s just excellent to get high praise from these fantastic ex-players,” explained Lamptey.
“I respect all the praise and I’m thankful for it but I have to continue to keep operating tough and retain focusing and placing in superior performances for the crew.”
England’s subsequent right-again, or destined for a further place?
Lamptey’s rise will come at a probably unlucky time for England, with Gareth Southgate previously spoilt for selection in the correct-back department – Trent Alexander-Arnold, Kieran Trippier, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Kyle Walker and Reece James are all attainable possibilities for the posture.
With Lamptey getting been capped only at youth stage for England he could yet determine to switch to Ghana, who he is eligible to engage in for by way of his parents.
But whatever his conclusion, Potter is self-assured it will not be created since he doesn’t have the wish to combat off the sturdy levels of competition to claim England’s appropriate-back again location.
“He’s absolutely not a human being who would give up on anything at all,” the Brighton boss reported.
“Whatever determination he will make I would thoroughly support and check out to assistance him attain his targets.
‘But as a man or woman, as a character, he’s a best guy. He’s not one particular that will give up, that’s for certain.”