Tariq Lamptey encouraged to embrace the challenges in the Premier League

Published on: 21 November 2020

As his club take on Aston Villa today, Albion's right wing-back returns from England under-21 duties.

They'll be up against Jack Grealish, Villa's key player, who represents the fearless young wave of English players.

Albion coach Potter claims that with an attitude to the game that saw him taking the Premier League by storm, Lamptey still falls into that grouping.

‘He’s desperate to play, so that emotion, that desire, overrides (everything)," he said.

“He doesn’t have any experiences that are telling him he can’t do this or can’t do that so he’s just going into every game wanting to show what he can do,"

“He will learn as he goes and hopefully the experiences don’t beat him down and he remains fresh and positive and enjoying his football because ultimately that’s what you want your players to be, to enjoy it,"

“There’s a lot of suffering going on in the world and we’re really lucky to be playing football, as much as anyone wants to make it seem like a really pressured situation.

“It is football and we are so, so lucky and you want to help the players enjoy that and take that challenge on and enjoy the feeling of struggle, which there is on the pitch at times.”

Potter suggests that if Tariq joins the the Three Lions he will give the team different options.

“Tariq’s a little bit different. His speed is incredible and maybe he just offers something the others don’t,"

“But it’s great for English football. There is huge competition for places and I’m sure Gareth (Southgate) would want that competition for places in all positions and not just the one,"

“But Tariq will take the fight on for sure,” he ended.