Ethan Ampadu has the same problem as Conor Gallagher, which could damage his Chelsea chances - TCC View
Remaining on Thomas Tuchel’s nice list ahead of Christmas will be a must for most of the loanee army controlled by the Chelsea kingdom.
The best present they could ask for is to be reincluded into the squad at the end of this season.
Their equivalent to a lump of coal would come in the shape of another loan move or a permanent transfer away from Stamford Bridge.
Of course, some players might prefer such an outcome, having already become outcasts within Chelsea’s squad.
For others, however, the thought of reprising the gates to Cobham should be incentive enough to impress their part-time employers.
Take Ethan Ampadu for example.
Ampadu away from home
Ampadu has already got the taste for first-team action as Blue and will surely want another bite of the cherry when his loan spell at Venezia concludes.
Not currently top of Tuchel’s agenda, the Wales international will have caught a few impressed glimpses from South West London for his early performances in Serie A.
His first three outings for the Italian side produced a pair of draws and Venezia’s first home league win of the campaign.
He also grabbed an assist in the 3-1 loss to Sassuolo, his first in senior football for half a decade.
All of Ampadu’s appearances have been made in central midfield, an area Chelsea are apparently eager to improve upon.
On this basis, there is certainly a case for Tuchel to reclaim the 21-year-old next summer.
However, there is one aspect of the player’s repertoire that will not please the manager.
Bad boy Blue
In five Venezia matches, Ampadu has received four yellow cards and one red.
Granted, the recent sending-off was totally unjust, but it is now on the record as another act of illegality.
Discipline is a key part of Tuchel’s mantra; without it, Chelsea could easily lose some of their edge.
Unfortunately, self-control is not something Ampadu seemingly possesses.
According to WhoScored.com, he has already made eight fouls this term.
Jorginho and Kai Havertz are on nine for Chelsea but have played three games more than the former Exeter City prodigy.
Also, no member of Tuchel’s group has received more than two yellows in the 21/22 Premier League chapter.
Ampadu’s undesired trait is also very much a downside to Conor Gallagher’s terrific CV.
Gallagher’s 16 first division fouls ranks him fourth overall, as he aims to top the ill-timed tackling chart with his respective club for the second year running.
Both young talents have bags of quality, but if they can’t cut out the reckless behaviour, then Tuchel may not look fondly upon their possible returns.