‘Lamptey was the catalyst to Chelsea’s win over Arsenal’; Lampard praises Ghanaian defender


The English born youngster of Ghanaian descent has been praised by the Blues manager following his incredible performance on his senior debut

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has lauded the qualities of young defender Tariq Lamptey following their 2-1 victory over Arsenal in the Premier League on Sunday.

After Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s goal gave Arsenal the lead and looked like they are on their way to carry the day, two goals within the last seven minutes from Jorginho and Tammy Abraham and turned the game on its head for the Blues.

And Lampard believes Lamptey who became the seventh graduate to make a senior debut for Chelsea this season under this tenure, brought stability to the defence since they looked likely of conceding another goal.

“Tariq Lamptey is a credit to Jody Morris and Joe Edwards because when we sat and analysed the last two days and we knew Cesar Azpilicueta had a small injury and Reece James is injured then we are looking at options for a right-back or right wing-back,” Lampard revealed after the game.

‘They said believe in him, trust in him, because they did and I listened to that. ‘We felt it was the right time to bring him into the game and he was a catalyst because we were getting down the sides and he gave us a little bit more of an edge.

‘He has pace, a low centre of gravity and can go by people.

Although, Lamptey has represented England at the youth level, he is still eligible to represent Ghana at the senior level since his parents are from the West African country.


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