'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.
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:
Haps, Ampadu, Busio, and Romero allow us to compete in any match moving forward. The starting XI is finally in place.— Roma Hucks (@romahucks) October 18, 2021
Busio and Ampadu are rocking!!!!!— Light Grigori (@LightGrigori) October 18, 2021
For sure! Also liking how comfortable Busio has looked tonight on the other side of the midfield 3, allowing Ampadu to do his thing on the left side & nullifying Fiorentina’s play from the left as the half progressed— Parmeshwar Srivastava (@ParmeshSriv) October 18, 2021
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.
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.