How Would Lamptey Fit in?
Frighteningly quick, it’s Lamptey’s infectious exuberance that makes him stand out. Constantly on the move at breakneck speed, tough challenges don’t keep him down long. Instead, he uses all that physicality like a sponge, soaking up aggression to then exude it himself. He’s like the Duracell Bunny.
Off the pitch he’s a very level-headed and kind personality, with those media appearances endearing further into the hearts of those watching. He’s a very likable character.
Is he a good right-back, though?
Primarily, Lamptey is used as a rwing-back in Brighton’s system, easing the defensive strain placed upon him and allowing for greater space to dominate the advanced right touchline. By all accounts he is an attacking full-back.
That doesn’t mean he isn’t defensively sound, as smart positioning allows him to use his lightening pace to good use. Lamptey has a clever trait of standing slightly off the man he’s marking and encouraging them to take him on. Knowing he has the speed, he’ll win the ball back and in the blink of an eye use the turnover in possession for a counter-attack.
It’s by no means a foolproof plan, but when executed well is a dangerous weapon for any side to have in their arsenal.
Arsenal are ever so gradually drifting away from their back three system. On a few occasions Brighton have opted for four at the back, but they are quite regimented in their current setup. Lamptey is an extremely raw talent who can still be moulded a certain way, so there would be no great fears that he’d be lost in a more common right-back slot.
Come the summer, and even January, movement is expected at Arsenal, meaning this rumour will persist until Bellerin’s future is resolved.