Tariq Lamptey has opened up about his decision to leave Chelsea in favour of joining Brighton, while also hailing Reece James for the advice he gave him during his time at Stamford Bridge.
The Chelsea academy graduate left Chelsea for Brighton in January 2020 and has become a key player for the Seagulls.
“I was privileged to be in a good place where they allowed me to develop and I’m grateful to them,” Lamptey told talkSPORT.
“But I feel it was time to try and get regular game time and just try and take my game to the next level and keep developing.
“In Brighton there was a fantastic club who have a good plan and I saw it as a chance to take.
“When I was at Chelsea, Reece James was in the age group older than me. He was always giving me good advice. I’m happy to see him doing well and hopefully that continues.
“There was a good academy at Chelsea and they give you the tools you need to try and develop your game.
“It just so happens that they have a lot of players in that position but they’ve got boys all around that can take it to the next level.
“The game keeps advancing and as a full-back you have to be prepared to defend first but try and contribute to the team with assists or goals.
“That’s how it is at the moment which is brilliant for me because I love to get forward and also like defending.
“When I was a kid I liked watching Dani Alves and Ronaldinho but I also loved watching Ashley Cole bomb up and down even though it was on the left flank. He had great energy and the technique he had was amazing.”