‘Fearless’ Chelsea youngster set to sign new long-term contract

Tariq Lamptey is expected to sign a new long-term contract with Chelsea following his impressive senior debut.

The 19-year-old right-back made a big impact after coming on as a substitute in the 2-1 win at Arsenal on Sunday.

Lamptey’s current deal expires next summer and the club are keen for him to re-sign.

Lampard revealed during his post-match press conference that he had brought in the youngster on the advice of assistant boss Jody Morris and coach Joe Edwards – both men have previously worked with Lamptey at youth level.

Lampard praised Lamptey for a “fearless” performance at the Emirates Stadium, where Chelsea came from behind to win.

He added: “My question to Jody was ‘has he got the confidence and personality to deal with this?’ It’s a tough game to come on when there is a responsibility to try to turn it. But Jody said ‘no problem’.

“He was a real catalyst and gave us more of an edge down the right.

“I have seen him when I was my coaching badges. I saw him train a lot. I know he has a different dimension as a right-back or wing-back.

“He has pace and a low centre of gravity, can go by people and wants to work on his end product and all his last bits.”

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