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Maupay: No limits to what Tariq can achieve

Striker full of praise for Albion’s young defender.

By Bruce Talbot • 22 September 2020

By Craig Doyle
Tariq Lamptey beats Allan Saint-Maximin into the Newcastle box, drawing a foul from the Magpies winger.

There are no limits to what Tariq Lamptey can achieve, according to team-mate Neal Maupay.

Maupay scored twice in a Premier League game for the first time on Sunday as Albion won 3-0 against Newcastle United to equal their best result in the top-flight.

But it was Lamptey’s performance that caught the eye and Maupay believes the 19-year-old’s career trajectory could end up with full international honours. He made his debut for England under-21s against Austria a fortnight ago.

Maupay said, “For me, Tariq doesn’t have limits. He’s 19 but playing already at such a high level. Sometimes when young players are that good they can lose their focus a bit but he’s so humble.

By Craig Doyle
Lamptey gets forward against Newcastle United.

“I see a great future for him, and hopefully he will have a terrific career and if he carries on at this level he will be an international one day.”

Lamptey only played for 57 minutes but he won the penalty which enabled Maupay to score his first and began the move which led to his second goal. Newcastle didn’t have an answer to his searing pace.

“He gives me a headache sometimes, he’s so quick,” added Maupay. “In the first half he was involved in everything. Because he’s that quick he always gets to the ball before his opponent which is why he can get fouled so much. Opponents don’t know how to deal with him.

“Everyone loves him in the team because he’s such a humble guy. Every time he’s on the pitch he gives everything. He’s a good defender, has quality on the ball and, of course, he is so quick. We’re grateful to have him.”

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