'4/10': National media criticise 22-year-old Chelsea player's passing ability after his World Cup display

Chelsea youngster Ethan Ampadu started for Wales in their crunch World Cup fixture today against Iran, which they ended up losing 2-0 to leave their position in the tournament at massive risk. Welsh media weren’t too kind towards Ampadu by giving him a 4/10 match rating for his contribution.

Iran, who were beaten 6-2 by England in their World Cup opener, responded in perfect fashion this morning against Wales. Rouzbeh Cheshmi and Ramin Rezaeian both scored stoppage time goals to give them a much-needed three points in Group B.

Rob Page’s Wales side now sit bottom of the group and are on the brink of elimination. However, there’s still a small chance they can reach the knockouts if they beat England and other results go in their favour.

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Ethan Ampadu against Iran

Ampadu started yet again for Wales in the midfield, slotting in at the base of it to allow his fellow midfielders to push forward in possession.

The 22-year-old Chelsea-owned player, who’s out on loan at Spezia this season, has plenty of experience on the international stage.

Unfortunately, he and his teammates, weren’t at their sharpest in the Iran defeat

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Welsh publication Wales Online did criticise Ampadu’s individual display with a 4/10 display on Friday.

Wales Online wrote: “His passing was a little exposed at times and had to compensate for Ramsey’s lack of legs in the middle of the park. Still made one or two decent interventions. Subbed.”

In fairness, high-profile teammates Gareth Bale (3/10) and Aaron Ramsey (2/10) both scored lower in the ratings.

There was a criticism of Ampadu’s passing against Iran, with his 81 per cent pass accuracy steady without being spectacular.

It feels a tad harsh for a player who still put a real shift in when he was on the pitch with his non-stop energy.

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