Brighton star Tariq Lamptey opens up on Chelsea departure and revealed that Reece James was the Chelsea player he absorbed the most knowledge.

Tariq Lamptey reveals advice he received from Reece James (Picture: Getty)

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.
Lamptey (middle right) reveals that Reece James (far right) played a key role in his development (Picture: Getty)
"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.”

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