Brighton star Tariq Lamptey opens up on Chelsea departure and revealed that Reece James was the Chelsea player he absorbed the most knowledge.
Speaking to talkSPORT, the Brighton & Hove Albion defender unwrapped the role James played in his development.
Lamptey spent 11 years in the Chelsea academy, before finally making his first team debut as a second half substitute in the 2-1 Premier League win against Arsenal back in December 2019.
He left the Blues last January to join Brighton, despite being tipped to enjoy a promising career with the Champions League holders.
The 21-year-old clearly saw a better route into first-team football away from Stamford Bridge.
However, despite the England international’s presence actually being a barrier, Lamptey said his former teammate did more than enough to aid his growth.
“When I was at Chelsea, Reece James was in the age group older than me,” said the speedy full-back. "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.”