Chelsea youngster Ethan Ampadu was impressive on international duty for Wales, once again proving why he is so highly rated.
The 17 year-old played at centre back before moving to midfield in the game against Denmark.
This positional inter-changing is likely to continue throughout his early career. While versatility can be useful, it can also work against young players, especially at Chelsea.
Lessons to learn from Ake?
Take the case of Nathan Ake, who has become Bournemouth’s best centre back since his transfer from Chelsea. He won the club’s player of the month award seven times last season.
For Chelsea’s youth teams and occasionally the senior side, Ake played at left back, centre back and in midfield. He never gained the chance to make a single position his own.
Regardless of whether or not Ake is a centre back of Chelsea quality, his decision to leave for regular football may be a warning for Ampadu.
At this stage, it is unclear what Ampadu’s best position will be. In defence, he is amazingly assured. He instructs others and strides into midfield, much like David Luiz. However, some believe his composure and passing ability would be put to better use in midfield.
Where does Ampadu’s future lie?
While everyone agrees that Ampadu represents the future of Chelsea, the Blues already boast top bracket players in both positions.
If he is to succeed in doing so, the question is, is he best off developing himself as a master of a single position or continue as an option for both positions?