ALBION are prepared to be patient with new signing Tariq Lamptey.

The new signing from Chelsea is working with his colleagues this week after his deadline day move.

Fans will be excited to see what the 19-year-old can offer but he might not be handed an immediate debut against Watford on Saturday.

Albion head coach Graham Potter told The Argus: “He is a young guy who has had a nice foundation, an education at Chelsea.

“But he is looking for a change of scenery and to help us.

“You can see his age, the stage of his career, he is not the solution in the immediate sense.

“We have got good competition in that area anyway.

“It was an opportunity to bring someone in who has got qualities and can help us in the longer term.

“At the same time, he will improve the training and provide a freshness in the group.

“I know his attributes. He is very fast, runs with and without the ball.

“In the final third he certainly affects the game.

“He gives us some challenges in terms of playing either at full-back or further up the pitch.”

Potter went for experience at West Ham by recalling Martin Montoya.

The specialist right-back who graduated at Barcelona had been replaced by first-year midfielder Steven Alzate in the two previous matches.

But Potter said he has been happy with Montoya’s work.

Speaking ahead of the West Ham trip, Potter said: “Steven gives us a bit more of a midfield player playing at right-back in terms of the build-up.

“We are happy with Monty, like everybody.

“We would like him to improve but that is with everybody, including myself.

“We all want to try and get better.”

Ezequiel Schelotto has also put himself forward for more game time after his efforts off the bench as an attacking right-back at West Ham.