Tariq Lamptey’s season-ending injury won’t stop Everton and other clubs from making a move for him this summer.
That’s according to former Sunderland forward Kevin Phillips, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about Lamptey’s future.
Ahead of Brighton’s game against Southampton on Sunday, Graham Potter confirmed that Lamptey, 20, would miss the rest of the season with a continuing hamstring problem.
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In January, The Athletic named Everton as one of several Premier League clubs interested in signing Lamptey after a breakthrough campaign.
Phillips is a fan of the super-quick right-back and insists any potential Everton move for Lamptey will still be on the cards despite his injury knock.
“He’s a fantastic young player, it’s no surprise that he’s being linked with some big clubs,” Phillips told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs.
“At the end of the day, it’s not dead. Years and years ago it probably would’ve been but nowadays with the medical side of it, you wouldn’t say so.
“The way they bring these players back so quick and the professionalism of those players who want to get back and do things right.
“I don’t see it as a major issue, if a club wants him now I don’t think being injured for the rest of the season will damage it at all.
“Not just Everton, he’s been linked with other clubs. I still think he could move on in the summer, injured or not, because he’s a quality player.”
Lamptey hasn’t played for Brighton since December 16 after making a blistering start to the campaign.
He will end the season with one goal and three assists to his name and a whole host of clubs chasing his signature.