Chelsea midfielder Ethan Ampadu has drawn praise from his international manager Ryan Giggs, following his excellent performance this weekend.
The 18-year-old played 75 minutes as Wales saw off Azerbaijan 2-1 thanks to Gareth Bales’ winner, and manager Giggs was delighted with some of the quality and leadership Ampadu has been showing in his game.
“It’s the fittest he’s been for a long time,” said Giggs, in quotes taken from the Blues’ official website.
“It’s very tough for him to get through 90 minutes so it’s best how to manage Ethan. He’s hardly played in seven or eight months but puts in a mature performance like that.
“He’s a future leader and it’s great to see him get minutes on the pitch,’ he continued. ‘It’s my hope that he’ll get more games and he’ll get better.”
The youngster is currently out on loan with RB Leipzig where he will be hoping to be given some first-team football after only making a handful of appearances in both the FA Cup and Europa League last season for the Blues.
Ampadu moved to Chelsea after breaking into the Exeter City first-team as a 15-year-old and is widely regarded as one of the top young talents at Stamford Bridge, with manager Frank Lampard admitting that while he does rate him, a move away for first-team football this season is best for the 18-year-old.
Indeed, a nice touch from Giggs to single out Ampadu for some praise following a difficult season for the Welshman, who barely featured under Maurizio Sarri last term.
Nevertheless, Ampadu has already shown plenty of class in his appearances for Chelsea and his country. At just 17 years of age, he starred in a League Cup quarter-final clash against Bournemouth, coming in for praise from BBC Sport on the night.
Giggs will no doubt know a player when he sees one given his experience in star-studded Manchester United sides, so Ampadu can be pleased his international boss is taking note of his performance levels.
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