Video: Chelsea youngster completes three separate nutmegs in training whilst away with his national team

Ethan Ampadu is not known for flare or fancy tricks.

During his time at Chelsea, the Welshman built up a reputation for being a fierce competitor and determined fighter, a theme he’s continued whilst out on various loans.

The 21-year-old can easily be deployed either as a defensive midfielder or centre-back, meaning his abilities are more attuned to tackling or disrupting.

Not for showing off nifty footwork.

However, the former Exeter City prodigy demonstrated some skills not usually associated with a player in his position.

Ethan the showboat

During a recent training session with the Wales national team, Ampadu was caught completing not one, not two but three separate nutmegs.

Some go weeks without ever putting the ball through a teammate’s legs; the Chelsea loanee managed it within the space of what seemed a few minutes.

This certainly added to Ampadu’s excellent week, which began with a massive win last Thursday.

He started the semi-final qualifier against Austria, aware a victory would take his country one step closer to the World Cup in Qatar.

Gareth Bale scored twice as Rob Page’s men defeated their opponent 2-1, booking a place in the final to be shared with either Scotland or Ukraine.

We are all rooting for Ampadu

Wales last qualified for the tournament in 1958, where they reached the quarter-final, but have been part of the past two European Championships.

They have a pretty strong squad, mixing a blend of experience and youth, with the likes of Bale and Aaron Ramsey at one end and Daniel James and Ampadu at the other.

For the latter, he could play at a major international competition before donning a Chelsea shirt again.

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He is currently on loan with Italian side Venezia, who are being seriously threatened by relegation from Serie A.

Thomas Tuchel might not look so fondly upon somebody being demoted down a division and therefore could advise his hierarchy to send Ampadu out again for another campaign.

Or sell him permanently to make extra room on the roster.

But let’s think of the World Cup positives first before we jump to conclusions.

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.