Chelsea youngster Ethan Ampadu completed a move to Premier League rivals Sheffield United on Monday night – and some of the club’s supporters Twitter have given a mixed response to the announcement.
The Blues confirmed on their official website that the 19-year-old has joined Sheffield United on a season-long loan, as he looks for regular top-flight experience at Bramall Lane.
Chris Wilder’s team were the surprise package in the Premier League last season with a ninth-placed finish and they have a system that could well suit Chelsea’s teenager.
Ampadu is a highly-rated talent that has been at Stamford Bridge since 2017 and he’s had a taste of it with 12 first-team games for Chelsea.
He is a versatile youngster that plays either centre-back or as a defensive midfielder, but there are still plenty of discussions about what is his best position long-term.
Sheffield United implement a back three system so well and Ampadu should be vying for a spot in that backline, alternatively though he’s shown he’s got the aggression and athleticism to slot into the centre of the park.
Despite the fact he was unable to make a serious breakthrough last season during his loan with RB Leipzig, Ampadu is a rising talent that many expect to become a senior Chelsea player further down the line.
He’s already a senior Wales international with 15 caps for his country and is someone potentially with a big future.
A selection of Blues supporters on social media feel that it’s a sensible move to give Ampadu the chance to develop at a Premier League club, but there are some who are convinced he was ready to stay with the main group this season and fight for a starting position.
Here are some Chelsea fans discussing Ampadu:
Wrong decision in my opinion 🙈 https://t.co/whtqTaUyNc
— Donato Da Silva (@Don_Vito8) September 8, 2020
Hope he gets the playing time he deserves https://t.co/8KjXDgeysX
— Jeet Shah (@CFC_JeetS) September 7, 2020
— Nishika (@nishi9596) September 7, 2020
And this is how we’ll lose him https://t.co/2pgdtNw3nm
— De Justfootball Team (@Justfootball16) September 7, 2020
He should be given a chance https://t.co/mPyDirt7xq
— kobby j stuck (@cantona4420) September 7, 2020
Good move for the youngster 💪🏼 https://t.co/Hi8kqj3Zeq
— The Pride of London (@PrideOLondon) September 7, 2020
Good luck at Sheffield United, gutted to see you go as i wanted to see you fight for a spot in the first team. Best of luck Ethan. https://t.co/6ZkjB6rilc
— Deco96💙💙💙💙🧡🧡🧡🧡 (@hasanmuhudin96) September 7, 2020
Solid loan move. Really bring the best out of Ampadu 🔥 https://t.co/ooxUrZ3oP1
— Sam Hiles (@captainshiles16) September 7, 2020