Chelsea assistant Jody Morris convinced Frank Lampard into putting Tariq Lamptey in the squad for the game at Arsenal .
The 19-year-old made his Blues debut in the 2-1 win at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday after coming on to replace Fikayo Tomori on the hour mark.
Lamptey’s former youth coaches Morris and Joe Edwards are part of Lampard’s backroom staff and were asked about whether the teenager could cut it at first team level.
And, according to The Athletic , Lampard was enthused by what he heard and decided to place the right-back in the match day squad after Reece James had been ruled out due to an ankle problem and left-back Marcos Alonso was also sidelined.
Lamptey was actually enjoying a winter break due to the development squad having a three-week gap between fixtures but was called up to travel with the Blues first-team.
Working under Morris in 2017-18, he thrived as the under-18s won the FA Youth Cup and Premier League Cup, as well as the Premier League southern and national titles, registering an impressive 11 assists.
Under Edwards last season, he was part of the under-19s squad that reached the UEFA Youth League final.
Lamptey is the seventh Chelsea youth academy graduate to make his debut for the Blues since Lampard took over at the helm in the summer.
Tariq Lamptey made his first team debut for Chelsea in the win at Arsenal
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The young right-back could now be involved in Lampard’s plans for their visit to Brighton on New Year’s Day.
His contract at Stamford Bridge expires at the end of the current campaign but Lampard is confident he will remain at the club for the next few years.
“We’ll see. He’s talking with the club and hopefully he feels a bit of love from today as we’ve parachuted him in,” Lampard told reporters when asked about the defender’s contract situation.
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