Chelsea supporters on social media really rated Ethan Ampadu’s action for Wales during their European Championship victory yesterday.
Ampadu arrived as a second half substitute to sure up his side’s 2-0 win over Turkey and almost guarantee their qualification from the group stage.
His definitive moment came shortly after Rob Page brought him off the bench.
A mini melee broke about between both sets of players as tempers flared under the warm evening sunshine.
Despite being one of the youngest members of the Welsh squad, Ampadu acted like a seasoned professional and ordered his teammates to temper their emotions
Eventually the situation defused, with Chelsea’s young midfielder demonstrating maturity where others might have shone irrationality.
Blues fans admired the 20-year-old’s sensible actions, especially amidst the pressurised situation he found himself in.
Here’s how they reacted on Twitter:
The Euros could be a pivotal cross roads moment for Ampadu.
Of course, if Wales go far in the competition, it will probably be the pinnacle of his career.
But perhaps even more important is how it might determine his position at Chelsea.
Currently, he is yet to feature under Thomas Tuchel, having spent 2020/21 on loan with relegated Sheffield United.
This tournament may well be a shop window for him to break back into the Blues mould.
Alternatively, if he cannot find a home at Stamford Bridge, plenty of other clubs should have taken notice and would be willing to take him off Chelsea’s hands.