A former Brighton & Hove Albion star, Bobby Zamora has called on English born Ghanaian youngster, Tariq Lamptey to stay put with the club, amid reported offers from a host of big suitors.
After joining Braham Porters’ side, the 20-year-old has been sensational for the club until his recent injury.
However, Tariq has been linked to Bayern Munich, Atletico Madrid and Arsenal for the past months.
But Zamora beleives the former Chelsea right-back must stay at Brighton since it will be difficult for him to get regular playing time should he move.
“At 20 years of age, Tariq Lamptey just has to be playing as much football as he possibly can, and I think Brighton is a great platform for him for the time being,” Zamora said, as reported by Caughtoffside.
“He’s been massively missed this season on that right-hand side, and I know he’s been linked with Arsenal and even Bayern Munich in the last few weeks. But for me, he needs to be playing regularly, and I don’t think that would be the case if he was to join one of those bigger sides right now.
“I look at the likes of Ruben Loftus-Cheek, for instance. At Chelsea, he played a few games and scored a few goals and there was so much hype about him, but nothing really happened. But he’s now been given an opportunity with Fulham where he’s playing week-in, week-out and it’s only making him a better player.
“For me, I’d say stay at Brighton, you’re loved, you’re thought highly of and the manager clearly wants you to play a key role. Just keep plugging away and your big move will come but there’s no rush, and at 20 years of age you’re lucky to be playing in the Premier League.”
With 11 league outings, one goal and three assists for The Seagulls, Lamptey has also attracted the attention of Ghana football officials who have launched a bid for his services at senior international level.
He was born to Ghanaian parents in Hillingdon and currently plays for England at U21 level.
Meanwhile, the Ghana Football Association are in talks with the youngster to switch nationality to play for the Black Stars.
Source: Modern Ghana