'Showing his class': Some fans wowed by Chelsea loanee as he helps side get first home win all season

Ethan Ampadu earned the approval of Venezia supporters on social media following another strong showing during his loan stint away from Chelsea.

Ampadu started for the Serie A side yesterday evening against Fiorentina, his third Italian appearance since leaving Stamford Bridge in the summer.

The Wales international lasted 90 minutes – his first completed league match since April – and helped his team to an impressive 1-0 win, their first home success of the season.

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Considering the contest pitched fifth-placed Fiorentina against 17th placed Venezia, this victory should go down as something of an upset.

Paolo Zanetti’s triumphant team moved up two slots in the table, whilst their guests dropped to ninth.

The Venetian fans celebrated long into the night, cheering the result, but also Ampadu’s awesome display.

Here’s how they reacted on Twitter:

Ampa-doing it right

When it was announced Ampadu would be joining Venezia for the term, his heart must have sunk a little for several reasons.

The club had only just been promoted from Serie B; by the time the 21-year-old made his debut, they were already back in the relegation zone.

He has already faced demotion once in his career, sinking into the Championship with Sheffield United last season.

So the warning signs were flashing admittedly.

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However, the red lights quickly changed to amber and are currently glowing green.

Venezia are now undefeated in their last three fixtures, with Ampadu involved in each one.

Equally as significant, the former Exeter City prodigy has been playing as a midfielder, rather than as a defender.

Whilst the debate about his best position rumbles on, perhaps this current role could be a long-term solution.

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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.