Why signing Tariq Lamptey makes sense for Manchester United
According to Mundo Deportivo (h/t Brighton and Hove Independent), Engand legend Wayne Rooney has urged Manchester United to sign Brighton & Hove Albion’s young full-back Tariq Lamptey. He has been impressed by Lamptey’s season at Brighton and wants United to sign him to strengthen their squad.
Lamptey would provide the required depth to United’s defence
Manchester United have an abundance of defenders except in the right-back position. While the Red Devils purchased Porto’s Alex Telles to add to the left-back position that already had Luke Shaw and Brandon Williams, the 20-time English top-division champions lack such quality on the other flank of their defence.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka is United’s only trusted right-back. His current alternatives Diogo Dalot and Timothy Fosu-Mensah are not trusted by Solskjaer. The former made just one league start last season. The latter has made just 16 league appearances in his 4 years at the club, spending two of those four years on loan.
United would want to tackle the congested fixture list without compromising on quality. A player like Tariq Lamptey would add depth and dynamic to United’s backline. Wan-Bissaka may be one of the best defensive right-backs at the moment, but he has never been an attacking full-back.
Lamptey will add an attacking dimension to United
Wan-Bissaka and Fosu-Mensah have scored 1 goal between themselves in a combined 148 Premier League matches. Dalot has never been trusted to be able to contribute consistently and made just two league assists in two years.
Compared to this, Lamptey’s impressive displays for Brighton, especially going forward, would have surely caught the eyes of managers around England and abroad. The young English full-back already has one goal and 4 assists in his 16 Premier League matches for the Seagulls.
United may still prefer starting Wan-Bissaka, but the options and depth that the latter offers will surely put Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at ease. On top of it, Lamptey is capable of shouldering some of the team’s creative burden down the right-hand side.
Rooney’s comments urging Solskjaer to pursue Lamptey make a lot of sense. United lack depth down the right-hand side and a quality attacking full-back would also offer something that Wan-Bissaka struggles to. Lamptey’s age makes him a more desirable signing, but also raises a hurdle.
At just 20 years of age, Lamptey will be a long-term solution for United at right-back alongside Wan-Bissaka. If United make an effort to sign him, it would be shrewd decision-making on their part.