The Future Looks Bright For Ethan Ampadu

While Chelsea continues to dominate the Premier League, there’s one player on their roster that fans of the club can look forward to seeing develop into an important part of the team over the next few years. I’m talking about Ethan Ampadu, the 16-year-old who joined Chelsea from Exeter City this past summer and has already seen plenty of first-team action, including playing the entire 90 minutes in Chelsea’s 1-0 victory over Tottenham at Wembley Stadium on January 31st.

This Chelsea Starlet Is Surely Going Places

Ethan Ampadu is one of Europe’s most promising defensive prospects and looks set to go from strength to strength in his fledgling career.

During just his second season at Stamford Bridge, you’ll be forgiven for asking who he is but that simply won’t be an issue for much longer. Not only is Ethan Ampadu Welsh football’s greatest hope, but there are also signs that he could rise all the way to Chelsea’s first team in no time at all.

Born in Exeter, England, it was once unclear as to whether or not Chelsea would even get a chance to sign him let alone keep him beyond 2017.

He’s Been A Revelation In Defence

He’s been exceptional in defense showing composure and maturity beyond his years. He’s demonstrated his versatility by playing at right-back and center-back and could be one of those rare defenders that transitions into a midfielder. It wouldn’t be at all surprising to see Chelsea sign him up for a long-term contract soon.

The future is bright! He looks like he belongs in a Chelsea shirt already – it will only get better from here on out.

His Long-Term Future Lies At Stamford Bridge

He may have only just turned 17, but Ethan Ampadu’s long-term future at Chelsea Football Club is already secure.

The central midfielder joined Exeter City in January 2017 and has already made three appearances under manager Antonio Conte. With N’Golo Kante and Cesc Fabregas likely to leave Stamford Bridge in 2018, there will be a spot open in Conte’s lineup next season and with it, a place on Chelsea’s roster of top young players.

Sure, fellow academy graduate Callum Hudson-Odoi is impressing fans at Stamford Bridge but Ampadu is destined to become a stalwart of England’s best team in years to come.

Where Will He Play Next Season?

Gareth Southgate has confirmed that Chelsea loanee Ethan Ampadu will continue playing for Wales. The young defender is only 18 years old but has played a vital role at both ends of the pitch.

He was an ever-present player in all 21 matches Wales played in their UEFA Euro 2018 qualifying campaign and earned praise from his coach, Chris Coleman who said: We have made him a better player and he has made us a better team.

After returning to Chelsea it is likely that he will be loaned out again next season with Liverpool and Manchester United being tipped as possible destinations. Either way it seems likely that he will earn more first-team appearances before long if his impressive form continues into next season.

What Kind Of Player Can Chelsea Fans Expect Him To Be Like?

Chelsea FC has quite a track record of finding talented young players to sign at a young age.

They signed N’Golo Kante from Caen Thibaut Courtois from Genk and Dominic Solanke from MK Dons just to name a few.

Now they’ve brought in Ethan Ampadu on loan until he turns 18 years old presumably with an option to buy as well. Fans will have high expectations for him but what kind of player can Chelsea fans expect him to be like? Well if we take a look at former Blues starlets and see what happened when they transitioned into first-team football we can have some idea about where he might fit in.

They Will Certainly Win Trophies With Him Around

Any Premier League or Champions League trophy is likely to come with a replica trophy named after him. And they’ll be leaving his name on that in perpetuity too no one will ever remove it.

Clubs are desperate to ensure they keep winning, so signing young players like Ampadu is a risk worth taking.

He’s already earned rave reviews and broken records at such a young age but surely there’s more to come from him?

Even if he doesn’t turn out to be good enough for Chelsea he has done more than enough to get himself noticed by some of Europe’s top clubs expect both Manchester United and Liverpool to try and sign him up next summer when he becomes available on a free transfer.

His Range Of Passing Is Excellent

This season, Ampadu has made 5.3 passes per 90 minutes, compared to his teammates’ 4.8. He ranks third among all Premier League defenders in the total number of passes per 90 behind only Cesar Azpilicueta and Victor Moses.

Over time, that passing range could see him become a more complete player than Terry was in many ways he’s already better defensively than Terry ever was at his age.

One senior Chelsea scout calls him the best passer I’ve seen of any 18-year-old central defender in Europe which is saying something considering how well regarded Barcelona’s Sergi Roberto is by fans and coaches alike.

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