‘He’s certainly not a person who would give up on anything’: Brighton boss Graham Potter backs Tariq Lamptey to make ‘right decision’ as England Under-20 star considers Ghana switch
- Tariq Lamptey could witch international allegiances from England to Ghana
- The full-back has Ghanaian parents and has entered talks with national team
- Lamptey has played for England at youth level but is yet to make senior bow
- Graham Potter says he will support Lamptey no matter what decision he makes
Tariq Lamptey’s decision to switch international allegiances to Ghana will not be down to him giving up on his England chances, insists Brighton boss Graham Potter.
The Londoner, born to Ghanian parents, is braced for a difficult decision with the Black Stars governing body in talks with the player.
Lamptey currently represents England at Under-20 level but remains eligible to feature for Ghana as he has not made a senior competitive appearance for The Three Lions.
England Under-20 star Tariq Lamptes has considered representing Ghana at international level
And despite Trent Alexander-Arnold, Kieran Trippier, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Kyle Walker and Reece James all vying for the England right-back spot, Potter doesn’t believe Lamptey is fazed by the competition.
‘He’s certainly not a person who would give up on anything,’ he explained.
‘Then it’s about him and his family and what the right decision for him is.
‘Whatever decision he makes I would fully support and try to help him achieve his goals.
‘But as a person, as a character, he’s a top guy. He’s not one that will give up, that’s for sure.’
Graham Potter says he will ‘fully support’ the full-back, no matter what his decision is
Potter agrees that the appeal of playing full-back has significantly improved in recent years, with the number of options available to Southgate coming as no great surprise.
‘It is a little bit of how the game has evolved. Sometimes the width often comes from full-backs rather than wingers,’ he added.
‘At the moment there is a glut of quality full-backs. Gareth has got a lot options there.
‘We are happy with Tariq, we are happy with the other options we have got, and we want to try to improve.’
The impressive Lamptey is expected to start for Brighton in Sunday’s match against Newcastle at St. James’ Park.