Tariq Lamptey followed in the footsteps of Harry Kane on Tuesday [June 23, 2020] when he made his debut for Brighton & Hove Albion in their 0-0 Premier League draw with Leicester City.
In his debut game for the Seagulls, 19-year-old Lamptey became the first teenager to feature in the Premier League for two separate teams in the same season since Kane came back in the 2012-13 season.
Seven years ago, Harry Kane represented both Norwich City and Tottenham in the same campaign.
Lamptey’s debut has been a long time coming, with the wideman securing a move to the Seagulls during the January 2020 transfer window.
The full-back agreed a deal to join Brighton for an undisclosed fee at the start of the year despite having been offered a new contract by Chelsea, the club who nurtured him.
Brighton manager, Graham Potter reportedly guaranteed the youngster that he would be given first-team opportunities this term, although Lamptey has had to wait to make his mark.
He made three appearances for Lampard’s Chelsea during the first half of the season, coming off the bench in the 2-1 FA Cup victory over Hull City at the start of 2020, having previously featured for 31 minutes for the Blues in December’s 2-1 win against Arsenal.
Almost six months later, he made his debut for Brighton, and the Seagulls fans watching at home will be impressed with what they saw.
Lamptey was among the most impressive players on the day as the south coast side took another point to take them further from the dropzone.
He completed five dribbles during the course of the contest, regularly easing the pressure on Brighton’s backline, won three tackles and, overall, won 10 of his 14 duels.
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