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Chelsea youngster Tariq Lamptey made his debut for the Blues as a second-half substitute in the 2-1 victory over Arsenal on Sunday.
The 19-year-old impressed as a right-back and aided Chelsea’s fight in a massive comeback victory against Arsenal.
To perform so well in your debut performance against Arsenal as a youngster only shows how much potential the young defender has, and he’d definitely fit in as a right-back and right wing-back.
Lamptey is the seventh Chelsea youth academy graduate to make his debut for the Blues since Lampard took over at the helm in the summer, and Lampard has now confirmed that the club are working towards getting him a new contract.
“We’ll see. He’s talking with the club and hopefully he feels a bit of love from today as we’ve parachuted him in,” Lampard told reporters when asked about the defender’s contract situation.
“He was actually on his Christmas break when we called him in yesterday. He trained and then played.
“I’d seen him when I was doing my coaching badges and you do a lot of hours with the academy and youth team. I saw him train a lot and I know he has a different dimension as a right-sided wing back.
“He has pace, low centre of gravity and can go by people. Of course he wants to work on his end product and all the last bits.”
Lamptey has been a key member of the club’s U23s side in the current campaign and the youngster could now be involved in Lampard’s plans for Chelsea’s visit to Brighton on New Year’s Day.