Kevin Campbell has claimed that Tariq Lamptey is destined to join a top-six club following a big update from David Ornstein on his future.
Speaking to Football Insider, the former Highbury ace believes the south coast outfit aren’t stupid enough to let the star leave for cheap.
Campbell said: “Brighton ain’t stupid. They are making sure they have Lamptey secured to a long-term contract so anyone that wants to sign him have to pay accordingly. I am sure that is the case. They took a chance when they signed him and he has exceeded expectations.”
“He has now got a contract that he deserves and while it is great for him it also protects the football club. It is great business all round. He is definitely destined for one of the top six clubs in the future.”
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Signing the talented young gun would be a huge move for the Gunners, who are desperate for a brand new right-back. Both Hector Bellerin and Cedric Soares have both shown they don’t possess the qualities to take the Gunners to the next level.
Both players have shown that the can more than hold their own in defence, however, the problem comes when they enter the final third. Neither have the quality of delivery to threaten Premier League defences. In the clash with Southampton last weekend, the duo attempted a total of 11 crosses with just three proving successful.
With Mikel Arteta having emphasised the need to use the wide areas for crossing opportunities earlier in the season, it’s become crystal clear a new right-back is a definite need.
Hearing the Reds are still interested in signing the 19-year-old despite the fact his value increased following his new contract signing is very positive. How many times in the past have Arsenal backed off a player due to financial constraints? However, that seems to be a thing of the past with the pursestrings loosened as seen by the signing of Nicolas Pepe for a whopping £72m.
Lamptey’s output at both ends of the field make him a sensational target for the club. With the need extremely great, a move makes sense especially if Arsenal harbour desires to make the step-up to the next level.