Player Analysis: Tariq Lamptey

Tariq Lamptey: Who Is He? 

  • Name – Tariq Lamptey 
  • Age – 09/30/2000 (20 years old)
  • Rookie Season/ Team – 2019 / Chelsea 
  • Nationality – English 
  • International Caps (Goals) – 0 (0)
  • Position – Right Back 
  • Current Team / League – Brighton & Hove Albion / English Premier League

Career Overview 

Tariq Lamptey began his career at Chelsea, joining the Blues’ academy when he was eight years old. He moved through the ranks, winning the Youth League with the Under-18s in 2017, and then made a total of 36 appearances for the Under-23 side, including the EFL Trophy. During his time in the Under-23 squad, he recorded three goals and four assists across two years as he was deployed as both a Right Midfielder and Right Back. 

Like many Chelsea academy graduates, Lamptey failed to take a proper step up to the first team – although this is hardly his fault considering Chelsea’s resources. His solitary league appearance came in December 2019, replacing Fikayo Tomori. Despite this being his only appearance, Lamptey stood out as his lively demeanor on the field helped Chelsea turn things around. The final score was in Chelsea’s favor as they beat Arsenal 2-1. 

He also made appearances in the FA Cup, playing against both Nottingham Forest and Hill City, although these were only for a total of 15 minutes. 

In the January 2020 transfer window, Lamptey completed a move to Brighton & Hove Albion but did not get his first start until Project Restart following the league’s COVID-19 suspension. Lamptey continued to be a presence in the Brighton team for the rest of the season and registered his first assist for the club in a 3-1 defeat to Liverpool. 

His Season So Far 

Lamptey got off to a lively start at the beginning of the 2020/21 season. He started the first seven of eight games as a Right Midfielder, and he chipped in with three assists in his first three games against Chelsea, Newcastle, and Manchester United. Brighton won the game against Newcastle in impressive fashion and were unlucky not to gain a point in the third game against Manchester United.

He scored his first senior goal against Tottenham Hotspur at the beginning of November, but a one-match suspension, followed by a hamstring injury significantly disrupted his season. Since the draw with Fulham at Craven Cottage in mid-December, Lamptey has not made an appearance, although there are murmurings he could feature soon. Although possibly fit, Lamptey has not been a part of the previous three matchday squads. 


How Do Lamptey’s Stats Look?

Tariq Lamptey’s stats are not impressive, but they are not exactly terrible either, especially when you consider his age and the fact he has only played around 1,500 minutes of Premier League football. 

Across his 19 games for Brighton, Lamptey has provided a single goal and four assists, giving him 5 goal involvements overall, or a rate of 0.21. You’ll agree that this is hardly world class. But, at just 20 years old, it’s really not that bad. Especially without a truly natural position, playing as both a Right Midfielder and Right Back. Playing in a Brighton team expected to struggle and with terrible luck this season, won’t help, either.

His stats and performances have been impressive enough that there were rumors of bigger clubs, such as Arsenal considering a bid in the summer, although it remains to be seen if this will come to fruition, especially considering his injury. 

Why Has His Value Increased? 

Lamptey’s soccer card value has taken a hit over the past few months because of his injury and, therefore, lack of appearances. However, early in the season, Lamptey was a popular player, especially one for the future. 

  • His strong start to the season came as a surprise considering his age 
  • Possible transfer links with big EPL clubs
  • Increased interest in soccer cards
  • Increased interest in promising rookies 

Tariq Lamptey: Predictions for the Future 

  • Consistency: with three assists in his first three games, Lamptey showed exceptional consistency to begin the reason, but he will need to maintain this consistency if he’s to become a top player.
  • Form: It will take a while for Lamptey to rediscover his form after being injured for so long, and this could hamper his development
  • Club Form: If Brighton can survive the season, they could be on their way to establishing themselves as a top-flight team, especially with Graham Potter at the helm, Lamptey’s performances could be integral to this should he perfect his game. 
  • Honors: Someone so young shouldn’t expect to have many honors, but all footballers want to win trophies and accolades. It’s unlikely (though not impossible) Lamptey will achieve this at Brighton, and his ambition could convince him a move to a larger club is worth it. 
  • International Performance: Lamptey is perhaps too inexperienced to warrant a senior call-up, but there’s no doubt he’d have a place in the Euro Under-21 Championship currently taking place were it not for his injury. For the future, he’ll have competition with Trent Alexander-Arnold and maybe Bukayo Saka for a place on the right, but he could be a useful player.


We’re still waiting on Tariq Lamptey to return to full-time action and rediscover the form that made us take note of him early in the season. However, we could be waiting a while. Although Brighton should survive the season, Graham Potter has found a formula that has impressed over the past few months. This might mean there is no place for Lamptey at this time. 

Still, his attacking threat is not to be ignored, and if Brighton need to bring in a Plan B for the end of the season, Lamptey could seriously disrupt the opposition with his pace and fearless nature when driving forward. 

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