Sky Sports pundit Kevin Campbell has backed Newcastle United in their reported approach to sign Ethan Ampadu before the summer transfer window ends.
The Lowdown: Approach made
As per The Northern Echo, the St. James’ Park faithful have made an approach to Chelsea to take Ampadu on loan for the rest of the 2021/22 season.
Should Newcastle sign Ampadu?
They have inquired about his availability, and he is expected to leave Thomas Tuchel’s team before the window closes.
Steve Bruce regards Ampadu as a ‘potentially valuable addition’ to his defence after Florian Lejeuene left on a permanent deal, and is now looking at the Wales international after missing out on a loan deal for Axel Tuanzebe from Manchester United, who has now gone to Aston Villa.
The Latest: Newcastle backed
Speaking to Football Insider, former Everton and Arsenal striker now pundit Campbell has backed the North East club in their pursuit of Ampadu, and insists that he could be a good signing for them:
“Sheffield United’s problem wasn’t with the defence, it was that they couldn’t score.
“The only way Ampadu is going to get minutes is by going out on loan.
“For all intents and purposes, it looks like Chelsea rate him highly.
“I can see where the concern is coming from, I’m sure the fans would prefer a more established or experienced centre half.
“But if you don’t have the money, you can’t make those kinds of signings, simple. Ampadu could be a great signing for Newcastle.”
The Verdict: Agreed
Once dubbed a ‘manager’s dream’ by former Wales manager Ryan Giggs while on international duty back in 2018, Ampadu will want to prove himself coming from a big club like Chelsea, and so another campaign on loan playing regularly in the Premier League could help him do just that.
He also has the added capability of being able to play in the centre of midfield as well as being a central defender (Transfermarkt), which could come very handy to Bruce and his squad.
Nonetheless, at just 20 years of age, Ampadu still has a lot of potential, and so the Tyneside club could benefit majorly from his continued development.
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