Potter: Lamptey makes life easy for me

The defender has made 20 Premier League appearances so far this season.

By Charlie Hanson • 11 March 2022

By Paul Hazlewood
Spirits were high in training on Thursday.

Tariq Lamptey’s adaptability and willingness to play in different positions has been a real positive for Graham Potter this campaign.

The 21-year-old has been utilised in every position on the right flank for Albion throughout the season, with his searing pace getting Albion supporters off their seats.

“It’s about using his attributes as well as we can based on the game we want to play,” Potter explained. “Sometimes we have used him high up and sometimes he’s one of the highest up the pitch – I think of the Chelsea game where we’ve used him as a wing-back that’s very pushed on and attacking the backline.

By Paul Hazlewood
The 21-year-old has played in a number of positions for Albion so far this campaign.

“Ultimately Tariq needs to be doing that, threatening the opposition defenders as much as he can. Sometimes he can do that from right-back or right wing-back or a little bit higher.

“But the fact that he’s so open minded and so ready to help the team makes it easy for me. It’s about finding the right solution for him.”

Albion have suffered four consecutive Premier League defeats and face title contenders Liverpool on Saturday.

Potter says all his players are looking forward to the game.


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Graham Potter's Liverpool press conference

“Our job is to see this period out, to stick together as a club and a team and to learn from it.

“Sometimes as much as you want to win you need a bit of pain as a team to grow, so we have to use it in that regard and then look forward to Saturday’s game, which is as hard as you’re going to get in the Premier League.”