Lampard explains reason for playing Tariq Lamptey against Arsenal

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Chelsea youngster Tariq Lamptey is the latest academy product to make his debut for the Blues after coming on in the second half against Arsenal.

Lamptey was a surprise substitution for Chelsea as Chelsea manager Frank Lampard decided to bring him on in place of Fikayo Tomori who was playing at right-back following Lampard’s first-half decision to take off Emerson for Jorginho.

The change indeed worked as Lamptey added spark to the right hand side of Chelsea. His pace was a problem for Arsenal defence and his performance was just electric.

He could easily have gotten an assist with a sublime pass for Tammy Abraham which the striker failed to score from.

Frank Lampard has now hailed his assistants Jody Morris and Joe Edwards who urged him to bring on the 19-year-old and insisted that he was ready to play having known him from the academy.

“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,” said Lampard.

“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.

“He wants to work on his end product but my question to Jody when he came on was has he got the confidence and the personality to deal with this.

“It is a tough game to come on with the responsibility to try to turn it, and Jody said yeah, no problem, and when he drove inside and slipped Tammy in for a shot, it was a great example of someone coming on a bit fearless and sometimes you get that with youth.”

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