Chelsea prodigy Ethan Ampadu should get midfielder chance v Malmo
Chelsea travel to Swedish club Malmo on Thursday night for the first leg of Europa League Round of 32 tie.
The Blues are expected to go deep into the European competition, but go into the first stage of the knockout rounds in poor domestic form.
Maurizio Sarri’s side have lost their last three consecutive Premier League away fixtures, with the most recent one a 6-0 hammering at Manchester City.
There simply has to be a reaction to such a humiliating defeat and bringing in some fresh faces would be a smart move.
Chelsea have the squad to make changes and still field a strong side, while it should give the opportunity for some fringe players to stake a place for a regular spot considering some of the form of senior players.
Ethan Ampadu is a fringe player that Sarri should turn to against Sarri and he should get the opportunity to show his talent.
The 18-year-old is a versatile ace that can play in defence or midfield, but should be given the nod as the deep-lying midfielder on Thursday instead of out-of-form Jorginho.
Ampadu is a highly-rated talent at Stamford Bridge that is capable of playing at the base of midfield, where he’s proven he’s got a great range of passing and perhaps more importantly he provides a physical presence.
The Wales international has looked assured whenever he’s lined up for his country and the trust to use him in a European knockout tie would be big from Sarri.
Chelsea do have a potential star in their ranks with the no-nonsense enforcer and Thursday is the type of night that could be another coming of age.