Under-18 report: Aston Villa 3 Chelsea 2
Our under-18s were defeated by Aston Villa at Bodymoor Heath training ground this afternoon.
He is a diminutive, fast and tenacious player who can operate in any defensive or attacking role on the right side and made his youth team debut at the end of 2016/17 away at Manchester City. In his first season as a scholar, Lamptey was the highest Under-18s appearance-maker and contributed with 11 assists as Jody Morris's side secured an unprecedented Quadruple of trophies.
His only goal of the campaign came in the national league final at Manchester United, the last in our 3-0 victory, cementing his attacking prowess from wing-back. A stellar season was rewarded with a first international call-up in the summer of 2018 as the teenager headed to Finland with the England Under-19s for the European Championship finals.
Lamptey was the highest Under-18s appearance-maker in 2017/18 and scored in the national league final against Manchester United.
Another season of full-on football followed as Lamptey established himself as a regular in Joe Edwards's development squad, though a broken collarbone midway through the campaign did limit match action for a period of time and he missed just one game as our Under-19s reached the UEFA Youth League finals weekend.
The Hillingdon-born teenager signed a first professional contract in September 2017 committing him to the club until the end of the 2019/20 season.
In October 2019, Lamptey was named on the men's first team bench for a Carabao Cup game against Manchester United. He made his debut on 29 December 2019 when he came on in the second half of a win at Arsenal in the Premier League. Chelsea were losing 1-0 when he was introduced but went on to truimph 2-1 with Lamptey impressing.