The 5’4 teenaged right-back who came on as a sub for his Chelsea Premier League debut on the 29th of December in a 2-1 win over Arsenal has apparently played his last match with the Blues. Grand opening grand closing, as the kids say.
According to Goal, the bright lights of Brighton were enough to lure his gaze away from the blue part of the metropolis of London.
Of course Reece James is also a right-back, built like a tank, and only ten months older. And though Reece has had a tough time with injuries recently, they aren’t the kind that suggest anything chronic. So, at best, Lamptey was looking at being a substitute right-back, or being forced to figure out life as a left-back to get minutes.
Still, Lamptey’s Chelsea career began in 2006, and it is quite annoying to see that much investment in a youth player result in only one appearance in the league — particularly when Chelsea and Lampard have finally, and substantively, insisted on a pathway to the first-team.
We do wish him well, though. So long as he effectively convinces everyone at Brighton to save their 84th minute bicycle-kick goals for any other London club.