All eyes are on Ethan Ampadu, and deservedly so after his performances for the Welsh national team over the international break, especially against Republic of Ireland. Ampadu celebrated his 18th birthday yesterday, and the sky is clearly the limit for him.
The tricky part will be getting him to reach those heights, and that begins with ensuring that he has enough (challenging) minutes to continue growing and developing. But those may still be in short supply at Chelsea, with many players ahead of him in the pecking order at the moment, both in defence and midfield.
A good option might be a future loan deal (especially once he’s achieved homegrown status), though some might push for such a move a bit sooner than, perhaps as soon as January?
“I think they should loan us him.”
“Like Tammy Abraham, that was out this week. If they could get good players playing in the Premier League, that would benefit their development.”
“Managers now, you have such a short time span in your job, you don’t worry about kids. When you can spend £150 million, you’re not going to worry about leaving out kids.”
That’s Neil Warnock, who took Chelsea not loaning him Tammy Abraham so personally that he saw fit to accuse the club of lacking class ... but now wants Ethan Ampadu anyway.
“He plays the game simple.”
“He will have to quicken up a little bit, when he gets higher up but that’s the whole object of playing games. When you play with the type of players he plays with, it does help his education.”
“I think he is ready to play in the Premier League, as I thought Tammy was. I thought they would be two good players [to sign].”
“I’ll be speaking to someone at Chelsea about one or two things.”
-Neil Warnock; source: Goal
Yeahhh... this sounds like a great idea.