Chelsea fans are getting nervous that they sold their best right-back, left-sided players all over the country are simply getting nervous about the sensational Tariq Lamptey…
All hail the internet’s new favourite footballer: it’s Tariq Lamptey.
If you listen very carefully you might be able to hear the collective sound of every single Brighton fan giggling that they picked up this remarkably talented and exciting youngster for a mere £4million.
And as Chelsea labour very slightly (although they did of course beat Brighton only last week), there are a few of their number who might think they should have kept hold of him.
This is a weird golden age for English right-backs, with Lamptey behind Trent Alexander-Arnold, Kieran Trippier, Kyle Walker, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and, crucially for his move from Chelsea, Reece James in the pecking order, with Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Kyle Walker-Peters and even Luke Ayling performing well too.
Lamptey’s latest display of excellence came on Sunday when he was the key man in Brighton’s methodical dissection of Newcastle. Every time Brighton attacked it seemed like Lamptey was the man leading said attack, strafing down the right flank before finding the time/energy to get back and make crucial tackles, too.
“He’s good, isn’t he?” said Carl Anka on The Totally Football Show this week. “He’s beginning to get targeted physically, but he looks like the real deal.
“Chelsea fans are making strange noises, thinking they may have let go their best right back, but he’s just a joy to watch.
“Watching Brighton this season reminds me of watching good Southampton last season. It takes your brain about ten minutes to realise that it’s not the other team underperforming but Brighton, in this case, doing a job really well.”
Sasha Goryunov added: “It was really impressive how they surgically picked apart Newcastle’s left flank, took the two chances then went “go on, what can you do?” and just saw the game out really comfortably for 80-odd minutes, which I thought was really impressive.”
Of course, they were playing a pretty desperate looking Newcastle side, whose optimism after their win over West Ham last week must seemingly now be consigned to the “yeah, but it was West Ham” bin.
“Newcastle’s entire attacking strategy seemed to be hit the chest of Andy Carroll and hope something rebounds off it,” said Daniel Storey. “It was absolutely dismal.
“When you see games like that: there just looks to be absolutely no forethought to what they were doing. It just looked like a manager who turned to his assistant and said “we’ll pick the same team as last week because we won last week.
“Brighton picked them apart: they made them look so, so ordinary.”
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