Tariq Lamptey has revealed his ‘fantastic’ and ‘surreal’ Chelsea debut actually set him on the way to building a budding career at Brighton.
The 20-year-old full-back made just three senior appearances for the Blues, the first of which came in a ‘crazy’ victory at Arsenal last season.
Lamptey made his Chelsea debut in December 2019Getty Images – Getty
He was a Brighton player a month laterGetty Images – Getty
He entered the fray at the Emirates Stadium just shy of the hour mark with Chelsea 1-0 down, and impressed as two late goals saw the Blues nick a 2-1 comeback victory in December 2019.
Lamptey looks back on this day with great fondness.
He said he’ll never forget celebrating with the Chelsea fans, where his mum and dad were sat, at the end of the match.
But he said that success made him come to the realisation that the only way he’d experience more days like that was by leaving Stamford Bridge.
He did just that only a matter of weeks later, signing for Brighton at the end of last season’s January transfer window.
Lamptey has settled in brilliantly and is tied down at Brighton until June 2025AFP or licensors
The decision by Lamptey to turn his back on the club he’d been with since the age of eight has been vindicated by the brilliant start he’s made at the Amex Stadium, which has seen him rewarded with a new long-term contract.
On his debut for Chelsea, Lamptey said: “That was a fantastic and crazy day. Getting warmed up, Jody [Morris] calling me over and obviously the gaffer [Frank Lampard] having a few words telling me to go out there and help the team and bring the energy that I always bring and try and get us back into it.
“We were 1-0 down and went 2-1 up and there was that moment at the end where I was celebrating with the players and we ran over to the crowd and my mum and dad were there. It’s a surreal feeling that I’ll remember for the rest of my life.
“It was a really tough decision for me to make having been there since a young age.
“But after making my debut and the way I did it I felt that I had a taste for senior men’s football and I wanted more of it.
Lamptey has great memories from Chelsea but knew he had to go elsewhere to develop moreGetty Images – Getty
And his start at Brighton makes it seem Chelsea made a mistake letting him goGetty Images – Getty
“So it got to the point where I had to make a decision with where I was going to develop more and where I was going to be able to play as many games as possible.
“I came to a great club in Brighton who have a really good plan for me so I’m happy that I’m here.”
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