Tariq Lamptey gets standing ovation and shows United what they crave
Brighton & Hove Albion wing-back Tariq Lamptey showed Manchester United what they are missing with an eye-catching performance against Chelsea.
The Red Devils have been linked with a move for the Seagulls’ defender in a report by The Mail.
That report claimed that United were willing to pay £30m for the 21-year-old, but Graham Potter’s side are apparently holding out for a fee around £40m.
On last night’s evidence, the youngster’s price tag is likely to have increased yet again, following an impressive display against his former club.
But after splashing out £50m (BBC Sport) for Aaron Wan-Bissaka, paying a similar amount for Lamptey clearly isn’t beyond us.
The former Crystal Palace man hasn’t yet developed as one would have hoped since joining the club in 2019, and there has to be question marks whether he ever will.
With a wealth of right-backs already seemingly ahead of United’s number 29 in the quest to earn a place in Gareth Southgate’s World Cup squad, Lamptey is another player to add to the collection.
It’s highly unlikely that the Manchester United hierarchy would consider sanctioning or considering such a deal, but should it be totally out of the question to offer Wan-Bissaka to Brighton as a straight swap for Lamptey.
Wan-Bissaka doesn’t have the same natural appetite to get forward and be an attacking outlet, whilst Lamptey is a breath of fresh air who possesses frightening speed.
Tariq Lamptey shines against Chelsea
Playing in the right wing-back role against Thomas Tuchel’s side, Lamptey was bombing up and down the touchline.
The youngster showcased his blistering pace to track back and tackle Callum Hudson-Odoi before embarking on trailblazing run, leaving three Chelsea players trailing in his wake, which turned defence into attack in a matter of seconds.
Coming up against the attack-minded Marcos Alonso, Brighton’s number two was constantly putting the Spaniard on the back foot.
It was yet another lively performance from the England under-21 international who waltzed past the Spanish international with ease at times.
Chelsea’s number three couldn’t contain Lamptey and ended up picking up a booking just shy of the hour mark after hauling him down.
Sky Sports Charlotte Marsh who was commentating at the Amex Stadium said the yellow card wasn’t a surprise “given the run-around” Lamptey had given Alonso.
After being brought off with 15 minutes to go, Lamptey was given a standing ovation by the Brighton faithful.
Speaking on BT Sport, former Brighton striker Glenn Murray described Lamptey as a “shining light” who has been “absolutely sensational” since joining the club.
Joe Cole who has coached Lamptey, during his time at Chelsea, said: “He’s an outstanding young player who works so hard.
“He’s such a talent and the only problem they have got here now is the vultures are circling.”
Bombing forward from wing-back, Lamptey completed the most dribbles (4) in the match and also created one chance.
Showcasing his all-action qualities, the pacey defender won seven ground duels, made one tackle, two interceptions and blocked one shot (SofaScore).
The youngster has made 14 Premier League appearances this season, eight of which have been starts.
But since joining the Seagulls from the Champions League holders two years ago, Lamptey has suffered two hamstring injuries, which saw him miss a combined 33 games.
With his injury issues hopefully behind him, Lamptey will no doubt be hoping to impress Southgate ahead of the winter World Cup.
According to reports, he has already impressed Manchester United and last night’s performance was yet another dazzling display.
If the Reds are keen to sign Tariq Lamptey then we may have to move fast because as Joe Cole said the youngster is being courted by a number of top clubs.
If that means using Wan-Bissaka as part of the deal, this writer thinks the club would be foolish not to explore that avenue.
Our DNA has been built on full-backs galloping forward and Lamptey seemingly fits the billing perfectly. The same may have been said about Wan-Bissaka at the time of his signing, but Lamptey is simply a better option.
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