One of the Premier League’s early standouts this season, Brighton right back Tariq Lamptey, has been linked with a possible move to Bayern Munich. The European Champions have reportedly turned their attention to the 19-year-old after they received word that their former target, Sergiño Dest, has all but completed a switch to Barcelona. The former Chelsea youngster has quickly proven to be a potent all-around threat for Graham Potter’s side since joining from Chelsea in January. Over his first three league matches of this season, Lamptey has three assists and has become a possible future call up for Gareth Southgate’s English National Team.
According to multiple reports, Bayern are eager to sign the English U21s International where he will sit behind Benjamin Pavard on the depth chart. As of right now, the reigning European champions are willing to pay around 13 million pounds for his services. Although it does seem evident that Brighton are willing to field offers, they are not willing to part with their new exciting full back for nothing less than 23 million.
The youngster Lamptey started his professional career just last year after learning from some of the best within Chelsea’s famed youth academy. He made his first senior appearance for the Blues on December 29th, where he was instrumental in giving his side the energy needed to pull ahead of Arsenal in a key league contest. He made two more cameos for his boyhood club later in January, but then he was sold off to Brighton for only three million pounds on Deadline Day.
Lamptey is described as a top of the line dribbler and ball intercepter by Whoscored, as well as someone who is accurate at finding the key pass or knowing when to hold the ball at his feet. Along with being a right back, Potter has utilized the youngster as a right side midfielder at times as well. Think of him as a shorter, and younger, version of Liverpool’s Trent Alexander Arnold.
At only 19, he can be forgiven if he does commit a few more fouls and force some low-percentage passes at times. He’s very much still learning how to play the game while also competing in one of Europe’s most competitive leagues. Not to mention, that he’s been playing at a high level against teams like Chelsea and Manchester United. But if he was to move to Bayern at some point this season, manager Hansi Flick will almost certainly iron those issues out and make Lamptey a more all-around threat on the right-hand side.
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