Tari Lamptey revealed that Reece James was the Chelsea player he absorbed the most knowledge from whilst the pair both represented the club.
Speaking to talkSPORT, the Brighton & Hove Albion defender unwrapped the role James played in his development.
Lamptey learning from the best
Lamptey rose through the Cobham ranks, starting at the age of eight and finishing over a decade later.
He left the Blues last January to join Brighton, despite being tipped to enjoy a promising career with the Champions League holders.
The 21-year-old clearly saw a better route into first-team football away from Stamford Bridge.
Mainly because his pathway as a right-back was being blocked by James, who is arguably the country’s finest full-back based on current form.
However, despite the England international’s presence actually being a barrier, Lamptey said his former teammate did more than enough to aid his growth.
“When I was at Chelsea, Reece James was in the age group older than me,” said the speedy full-back.
“He was always giving me good advice. I’m happy to see him doing well and hopefully that continues.
“There was a good academy at Chelsea and they give you the tools you need to try and develop your game.
“It just so happens that they have a lot of players in that position but they’ve got boys all around that can take it to the next level.”
Reece reaching new heights
There are certainly not many better to study and learn from than James right now.
He truly is at the top of his game, following a scorching start to the season.
Five goals in 15 appearances places him at the front of Chelsea’s scoring charts.
With a further five assists also to his name, it wouldn’t be a stretch to say James is Tuchel’s key attacking outlet.
If Lamptey can replicate these kind of numbers in a Brighton jersey, the race for England’s right-back slot will become even hotter.