Steven Alzate is taking Albion’s new squad No.2 under his wing as he prepares for Premier League action.

The Colombia midfielder has taken it on himself to show Tariq Lamptey the ropes during his early days with Albion.

Alzate reckons his fellow young Londoner can make an impact with the Seagulls after his January move from Chelsea.

He has guided Lamptey around the club’s training complex at Lancing and then through matchday at the Amex as Albion drew 1-1 with Watford.

Lamptey was not part of the 18 against Watford but could yet have a part to play as head coach Graham Potter chops and changes at right-back.

Alzate told The Argus: “A young player coming in, it’s not easy.

“I just want to make him feel welcome, show him around and just give him a feel for the club.

“He has been training really well.

“He is a really quick player, a right-back or wing-back and I think he could be a great addition to the team.

“Hopefully we can see him soon.”

Alzate and Lamptey were not previously friends.

The former Leyton Orient star said: “I had heard of him but this was the first time I had met him.”

Potter has started with Alzate, Martin Montoya and Ezequiel Schelotto at right-back in the last three matches although none have finished those games there.

It is unclear who the head coach sees as his preferred option in that role.

Lamptey played his only Premier League minutes to date at right-back in a four as he came off the bench to help Chelsea win at Arsenal at the end of December.

He will wear the No.2 shirt for the rest of the season after being handed the number left vacant when Bruno retired at the end of last season.

Although that in itself means very little, Potter could have easily given him a higher number for the second half of the season.

Speaking to reporters after the Watford game, Potter said: “He has impressed in training.

“He is a young player and we need to find the right role for him.

“He has shown quality, absolutely. He has got attributes that maybe we haven’t got in the group.

“It is about finding the right moment for him.

“We are in the middle of a fight here. You have to pick the right moment for someone to come in with his experience and to use him in a good way, for him as much as the team.”

Bruno wore No.2 for Albion from his arrival from Valencia in the summer of 2012.

It was previously taken by Joe Mattock, a left-back on loan from West Brom in the second half of the 2011-12 season.

Beram Kayal will wear No.25 for the rest of the season.

The Israel international has been included in Albion’s 25-man Premier League squad after his loan stint at Charlton was cut short.