Gary Lineker has given Chelsea loanee Ethan Ampadu a glowing verdict on Twitter following his performance on the Champions League stage on Wednesday night.
The 19-year-old came into the starting XI for German side RB Leipzig and helped them beat Tottenham 1-0 in the first leg of a Champions League last-16 tie.
Leipzig now hold the advantage ahead of the second leg, while Frank Lampard’s Chelsea face Bayern Munich in the same round of the competition.
Ampadu left Stamford Bridge in the summer on a season-long loan and linked up with an exciting Bundesliga outfit in Leipzig, who look a serious threat in Europe and are competing for a domestic title.
The Wales international only made his seventh appearance of the season in midweek and it was the first time he had played a full 90 minutes.
But he was a colossus in the heart of a back three against Spurs and showed why he’s so highly-rated at Chelsea.
The ball-playing centre-back hit a number of spectacular long-range passes and looked assured at the back.
Ampadu also showed the defensive side of his game late on with several blocks and interceptions to prove his long-term future may be in defence not as a midfielder.
England legend Lineker was impressed by the Chelsea teenager following his display against his old club Spurs.
“He (Ampadu) certainly impressed last night. Very talented and was organising and bossing his teammates throughout the 90 minutes,” Lineker wrote on his personal Twitter account.
Chelsea are feeling the benefits of the loan system this season, with the likes of Reece James, Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori all integrated to the first-team after spending last season away from the club.
That quartet all impressed in the Championship and have all made the step up to the Premier League very well.
Ampadu’s impact in Europe’s elite club competition suggests that he is already a top talent too and it will be interesting to see what Lampard makes of his progress.