'Pulled the strings': Chelsea player changes position for national team, country's media now raving about him

Chelsea’s Ethan Ampadu played 90 minutes yesterday for Wales against the Netherlands, which earned him a positive review from his country’s media.

Wales, who recently booked their spot at the World Cup, were in action on Tuesday night. They eventually suffered a 3-2 away defeat against the Dutch last night, with Memphis Depay scoring a stoppage time winner. However, Rob Page’s side is full of a lot of exciting young talent.

Chelsea-owned youngster Ampadu, 21, is among the bright stars for the Welsh.

He’s now already got 36 senior international caps for his country, highlighting that he’s mature beyond his years.

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Ethan Ampadu impressive for Wales

Ampadu may have ended up on the losing side in Holland, but put in an eye-catching performance to earn him credit.

The youngster has played a lot of football at centre-back for Wales during the last year, but has changed position in the two most recent games by slotting into a defensive midfield role.

His versatility to play in defence or midfield is such a big bonus to his game. Wales do find a way to put him in their starting line-up in either role, though.

Wales Online marked Ampadu’s latest international performance a 7/10:

Wales Online wrote: “STAR MAN. Snuffed out [Noa] Lang when the Dutchman was about to pull the trigger. Pulled the strings and drove on, also mopping up when required. Appears to grow in stature with every match. Past two games in midfield have surely given Page something to think about long term? Booked.”

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Big 22/23 season

Let’s see if Chelsea want to make the most of Ampadu’s talents in this upcoming campaign.

He was an important player this year during his season-long loan in Italy with Venezia, who were unfortunately relegated from Serie A in the end.

His quality in several roles would surely make him a great option for Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel.

Incidentally, Pat Nevin recently claimed he thinks Ampadu could force his way into the squad at Stamford Bridge next season as a defender.

His latest Wales performance shows he’s very comfortable on the ball and can shine in midfield, but he could suit Chelsea’s back three system.

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A sports journalist who graduated from Staffordshire University in 2016 and is a Chelsea supporter. Loves anything football or cricket related when it comes to England.