Former Chelsea talents Tariq Lamptey explains why he snubbed Chelsea to join Brighton

“It was a really tough decision to leave as I’ve been at Chelsea since the age of seven and seen it all the way to the under-23s, and then the first team,” Tariq Lamptey told Brighton’s official website.

“It was a proud moment when I made my Premier League debut, but I felt that it was the right time to start a new chapter and come to this brilliant club.

“The manager and the club have shown great faith in bringing me here. I just hope I can repay their trust, and help the club reach their goals and objectives.

“They are a team on the up with a great fanbase, training ground and stadium and they have everything I need to become a better player.”

Tariq made a very good impression in his debut game against Arsenal. The right-back would have probably become a decent competitor to Reece James but he decided otherwise.

The teenager must have been tempted by an opportunity to have more playing time than he would’ve had at Chelsea.