Brighton manager Graham Potter has indicated that he plans to give game-time to two young prospects at the club over the coming weeks.
Brighton & Hove Independent reported that the Seagulls boss signalled his intentions to utilise Alexis Mac Allister and Tariq Lamptey throughout the remaining nine games in their Premier League season.
Speaking initially about Mac Allister, Potter said: “He’s been brilliant, his attitude has been great and he is fighting to play. I’m sure we will be using him over the next nine that matches.
“The same with Tariq, again a young player adapting to us and the league but he’s got attributes that I’m pretty sure that we can use over those nine matches.”
Mac Allister was signed by Brighton in January 2019 but, having had loan spells back in his native Argentina last year, he was recalled by his parent club at the beginning of 2020, with the Seagulls paying Boca Juniors a reported £500,000 to prematurely end his loan with the Buenos Aires outfit.
The 21-year-old attacking midfielder made his senior Albion debut in the 0-0 draw at Wolves in March, getting 10 minutes as a late substitute. He made a good impression in that brief cameo, though, registering one shot and delivering three crosses, and his potential is reflected in him winning two senior caps for Argentina last year.
Right-back Lamptey, signed from Chelsea in January, has yet to make his debut for Brighton, although he did feature for his previous club in their Premier League win at Arsenal in late December. In his 30-minute appearance at the Emirates Stadium, he won two tackles and supplied one key pass, along with delivering two crosses (as per WhoScored).
It remains to be seen whether he can displace first-choice right-back Martin Montoya or experienced backup Ezequiel Schelotto, although Potter has indicated that he intends to use the full depth of his squad during a hectic schedule in which Brighton play nine league games in 37 days.
With the Seagulls embroiled in a relegation dogfight which sees them currently just two points clear of the drop zone, Potter may be reluctant to depend heavily on inexperienced youngsters like Mac Allister and Lamptey given how high the stakes will be with their Premier League future on the line.
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However, as the manager has outlined, Brighton have a frenetic run of matches ahead of them and he may need to utilise the full depth of his squad. Indeed, the youthful exuberance of the aforementioned young duo could be used to good effect if their carefree enthusiasm transmits positive energy to the team that inspires them to get the results they need to retain their top-flight status.
Brighton fans, do you think Potter should trust in youngsters like Mac Allister and Lamptey over the next few weeks? Join in the discussion by commenting below!
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