Ethan Ampadu’s rise to the Chelsea first team has be astronomical.
He made his professional debut for Exeter City at 15 years old in League Two, and signed for Chelsea a year later.
And since joining the Blues, he has made his debut for the first team and also made his competitive debut for Wales.
Ampadu’s new five year contact is definitely deserved then.
Maurizio Sarri clearly sees the Welshman’s potential as at just 18 years of age, he is constantly involved in the first team.
And any moves away from Stamford Bridge in the summer were vetoed by the Italian.
But for Ampadu to fulfil his potential, he has to go out on loan in January.
Youth team players’ progression often stagnates if they are forced to play only youth team football.
Whilst it is good fitness, the lack of competitiveness can stunt development.
So for Ampadu – someone with all the talent in the world – to develop, he needs to be playing league football.
And to get this, Ampadu must leave Chelsea in January.
He won’t have to worry about suitors, as Cardiff City have already expressed an interest in loaning him in January.
The Welsh capital may be the ideal place for Ampadu.
After excelling for the national team, the Welsh fans are already smitten with the youngster.
He’ll receive a heroes welcome from the Cardiff fans and would be a good addition to their squad.
Also, the physical style of play under Neil Warnock will help to toughen him up.
Moves to clubs in the Championship were banded about in the summer, but nothing materialised.
Ampadu will receive a lot of transfer attention in January, and he would be wise to force a move through to help his development.