'Crunching tackles': National media say 22-year-old Chelsea youngster's passing was 'unusually' off at World Cup yesterday

Chelsea youngster Ethan Ampadu started yesterday on a historic night for Wales against the United States, which prompted responses from national media.

Wales came from behind to draw 1-1 against the United States in the World Cup group stages, their first game at the major international tournament for 64 years.

It was unsurprising to see Gareth Bale step up to score an equalising penalty for his country, who performed much better in the second-half after a quite poor opening 45 minutes.

Ampadu, who’s a Chelsea-owned youngster out on loan with Italian’s Spezia this season, started for Wales in the centre of the park.

The 22-year-old put in a combative display as a central midfielder.

He does play a lot of his club football as a centre-back, but his versatility means he’s comfortable in a backline or midfield position.

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Ethan Ampadu against United States

National media highlighted the all-action display from Chelsea’s youngster on the World Cup stage. His passing was “unusually” off at times, though.

Wales Online graded Ampadu’s performance a 6/10 against the US and reacted to his contribution: “Another who was unusually guilty of giving up the ball once or twice early on. Was more involved in the second half and put his body on the line with some crunching tackles. Really grew into it after a couple of nervy early moments.”

Ampadu, along with his Wales teammates, did grow into the game over time with more experience.

Chelsea fans will be watching closely to see how the rest of his tournament unfolds.

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It would be interesting to know what Chelsea boss Graham Potter thinks of Ampadu.

He’s not had the opportunity to work with him yet since he took charge as the new head coach, but the pair could really get on.

Ampadu’s versatility and flexibility as a youngster definitely fits the Potter mould.

The Welshman has made 12 first-team appearances for Chelsea. He’s still developing and waiting for the right club manager to really take a chance on him.

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