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#PLStories – #GrahamPotter advises Tariq Lamptey to focus on playing at his best #BHAFC

MANAGER Graham Potter has said it is important that Tariq Lamptey “focuses” on Albion.

Lamptey has just recovered from a persistent hamstring injury that has cost him a lot of time on the pitch. Before he was sidelined, there was talk of Lamptey making it into the England senior team following his impressive performances for Albion.

He was also linked with moves to European giants Bayern Munich and Arsenal and Man United were all rumoured to be interested. But the 21-year-old is contracted with the Seagulls until 2025.

The former Chelsea Academy product has finally returned to the pitch in the League cup, playing 45 minutes against Swansea City. He was also an unused substitute against Crystal Palace.

Graham Potter has come out and suggested that the young defender needs to perform for the Seagulls before getting too ahead of himself.

Potter said: “You never know at the moment, we’re helping him get back from a really frustrating and lengthy injury, so that’s where all our focus is on, to get him on the pitch for us, enjoying his football and as you see in life things happen quickly.

“The important thing is he just focuses on the here and now and the present. Play well on the pitch for Brighton, and then who knows.”

Albion’s Tariq Lamptey in action against Swansea City in the League Cup

There have been rumours that Lee Carsley could call up the defender to the England Under-21s. This is something that Potter would be keen on as it would give Lamptey the chance to get some more minutes on the pitch.

Potter said: “I think it’s something we have to be happy with because it means he’s back playing and he’s fit. It’s a conversation between Tariq, Lee and the medical guys.

“Just to understand what he’s been through and what he needs to do in terms of minutes and times, but we’re always a club that supports international football and players playing for their countries, so we’d be delighted with that.”

Lamptey’s time on the pitch could be hindered by the current form of Joel Veltman. The Dutchman put in a man of the match display against Crystal Palace from the right-back position, and it would be very harsh to drop him on current form.

Graham Potter Brighton

Graham Potter has come out and suggested that the young defender Tariq Lamptey needs to perform for the Seagulls before getting too ahead of himself.

Graham Potter said: “You never know at the moment, we’re helping him get back from a really frustrating and lengthy injury, so that’s where all our focus is on, to get him on the pitch for us, enjoying his football and as you see in life things happen quickly. The important thing is he just focuses on the here and now and the present. Play well on the pitch for Brighton, and then who knows.”

There have been rumours that Lee Carsley could call up the defender to the England Under-21s. This is something that Potter would be keen on as it would give Lamptey the chance to get some more minutes on the pitch.

Graham Potter said: “I think it’s something we have to be happy with because it means he’s back playing and he’s fit. It’s a conversation between Tariq, Lee and the medical guys. Just to understand what he’s been through and what he needs to do in terms of minutes and times, but we’re always a club that supports international football and players playing for their countries, so we’d be delighted with that.”

Lamptey’s time on the pitch could be hindered by the current form of Joel Veltman. The Dutchman put in a man of the match display against Crystal Palace from the right-back position, and it would be very harsh to drop him on current form.

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