Wolverhampton Wanderers could be planning a cunning raid on one of their Premier League rivals this summer.
According to Goal, the west Midlands side are keen on signing Chelsea’s emerging prospect Tariq Lamptey on a free transfer at the end of the season.
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Frank Lampard is also keen on keeping him at Stamford Bridge, confirming that he has been offered a new deal following his recent Blues debut.
Lamptey looks an ideal fit for Nuno Santo’s system as the youngster has been utilised at right wing-back on the odd occasion for the U23 squad this campaign – he’s made 17 appearances across the Premier League 2, UEFA Youth League and the EFL Trophy where he has scored once and assisted two goals, per Transfermarkt.
While he contributed with a massive 11 assists when Jody Morris’ youth team completed the quadruple in the 2017/18 season.
The young defender was lauded as a ‘game-changer’ by some supporters following his maiden bow against Arsenal while his boss praised him for being ‘fearless’ considering the occasion of it being a derby.
Wolves targeting the 19-year-old could be a hint towards the long-term future of the right wing-back role with Matt Doherty the only senior option at the club, besides Adama Traore, whose presence is vitally important in the attacking phases.
Lamptey could become the successor to the long-serving Irishman.
Doherty will turn 28 later this month, so there is still plenty more left in him over the next three to four years but that shouldn’t put Nuno Santo off trying to bolster the position, especially when someone of this calibre could potentially become available for free.
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Chelsea’s academy is well renowned with many actually seeing a direct pathway into the first-team now Lampard is in charge.
Given the lack of cover and real squad depth, Lamptey would be a rather welcome addition, his ‘pace and low centre of gravity‘ would make Nuno’s right flank a frightening prospect.