Graham Potter believes Tariq Lamptey and Steven Alzate have the personality to become important members of his Premier League squad, despite their lack of experience.
The pair had mixed fortunes in Monday’s 3-1 defeat to Chelsea. While Lamptey was named Albion’s Man of the Match after another eye-catching display, Alzate had to show his mental strength after giving the ball away in the build-up to Chelsea’s first goal.
But Potter was pleased with how the Colombia midfielder reacted to that setback.
“I thought his response [to the first goal] was fantastic,” said Potter. “You have to recognise that everyone makes mistakes on the football pitch but the most important thing is how you respond and I thought he showed great personality. He kept wanting the ball and it was purely a tactical thing to bring him off in the second half. I thought Steven did really well.”
The head coach was equally impressed with Lamptey, who was facing the club he left in January to join Albion.
“He took a decision to leave a club for whom he’s got a lot of respect and it’s our job now to make the most of that decision,” said Potter. “It’s about striking that balance between game time, development and feedback. He is a wonderful young player and we are delighted to have him.
“He was terrific against Chelsea. He plays like he trains and brings a freshness, personality and of course quality. He’s a really good lad to work with because he’s so humble and it’s refreshing how he plays.
“He’s young so he’s got a lot to learn, as I am sure he would say himself, but he’s also got some really exciting attributes and we need make the most of those.”