Chelsea’s lack of focus on young players has cost many a top-level career over the years. The Blues, intent on winning things, have regularly bought players from abroad in favour of utilising homegrown talent, and that looks unlikely to change anytime soon.
Maurizio Sarri, like Antonio Conte and Jose Mourinho before him, seems to prefer experienced talent over youth integration, and that means bad things for yet more of Chelsea’s young crop of players.
That’s a shame given the vast quantity of quality available in the Chelsea academy at present.
In truth, one player that stands above the rest is young Ethan Ampadu, and he needs to read the lie of the land at Chelsea – and get out, at least on a temporary basis, before it’s too late.
After all, as a full Wales international, the defender is more than good enough to play at the highest level. He’s impressed for Wales, and he’s been dominant during his time in the Chelsea academy. Even when he’s had a chance in the Chelsea first team, he’s not put a foot wrong and he’s always looked comfortable. In truth, it’s foolish that the first team isn’t making more use of him; but such is the modern game.
Quick on the ball, technically gifted with a great range of passing, solid in the tackle and consistent, there is truly no aspect of Ampadu’s game that could be deemed a weakness. He’s got bags of confidence, and he’s got the leadership talent of someone several years his senior.
Ampadu must be looking at young Jadon Sancho of Borussia Dortmund, as many other young players likely are, and seeing the potential that a temporary exit might have. Andreas Christensen did something similar a few years ago and came back to Stamford Bridge as a regular starter.
The defender could enjoy the same success if he braves the jump.
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