Ethan Ampadu’s display for Wales yesterday proves why Chelsea must loan him out
Amongst Chelsea’s crop of exciting youngsters, Ethan Ampadu’s top-level potential is clear to see.
Ampadu is only 18-years-old, after joining the Blues as a 16-year-old from Exeter City.
And despite not playing much at all for the senior Chelsea side, he has become a key member for Ryan Giggs’ Wales side.
Giggs handed Ampadu his competitive debut in holding midfield in his first competitive game for Wales.
He’s showed maturity beyond his years for Wales, and his levelheadedness in such a vital position isn’t usually befitting of a man of his age.
But since then, Giggs has been reluctant to use Ampadu due to his lack of match fitness.
Because of Maurizio Sarri’s unwillingness to play him, Ampadu’s only playing time has come for the Under-23’s.
This isn’t the competitive football Ampadu needs to develop and stay fit, so Giggs is unable to start him regularly.
And his rustiness showed after he came on against Denmark yesterday as – although he looked typically good in possession – defensively he looked susceptible.
Ampadu’s performance is a clear indication that Sarri has to either play him or loan him out.
In order to avoid Ampadu development either stagnating or regressing, he must be playing competitive football.
And if Sarri can’t guarantee that, then Ampadu should seek a move – permanently or just on loan.