Chelsea loanee Ethan Ampadu has claimed he’s unsure on which position he’ll be playing for his new club, which is a worrying sign that should set alarm bells ringing.
The 20-year-old completed a season-long loan move on the summer’s transfer deadline day to Italian Serie A club Venezia. This move was finalised after he signed a new three-year contract at Stamford Bridge.
First of all, Ampadu is an exciting young talent that will hopefully carve out a future in the Blues first team.
But, there should be several concerns.
It was a difficult loan for him last year in a Sheffield United side that were relegated from the Premier League, so joining Italian minnows Venezia could lead to him playing for a team low on confidence yet again.
The latest comment from him though is the really alarming aspect of his loan.
Ampadu has seemed to suggest that it’s unclear on which role he’s going to play when he links up with his new side for the first time.
The Wales international can alternate between centre-back and midfield comfortably. It is a massive worry though that he’s not got a clue what lies ahead for him this season.
“We will have to wait and see, won’t we?” he replied when speaking about which position he’ll play for his new Venice-based club.
“As people are aware and I’ve said before I am comfortable in playing either position so whichever manager I am under I’m more than happy to play in either.”
Ethan Ampadu needs to find best position
Hopefully, Chelsea’s staff have done their research on Serie A newcomers Venezia and feel Ampadu can develop well with them in a set position.
It does looks a strange deal on paper, though, and it’s not a positive early sign that the versatile ace doesn’t know where he’ll be playing.
There is so much to love about the 20-year-old’s game, but he’s reaching a pivotal stage of development where he needs to start nailing down one spot.
He can look effective in a deeper midfield role, but developing as a centre-half looks like the best path for him to break into the Chelsea XI over the next couple of years. Thomas Tuchel’s back-three has some senior figures, so eventually they’ll need replacing.
It’s worrying that Ampadu is still so casual about his flexibility and it would be great to watch him emerge this year as a commanding centre-half.
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