After a summer that can only be described as chaotic, Chelsea have had a great start to the season that not even Maurizio Sarri or supporters could say they expected.
The Blues currently find themselves on the top of the Premier League table on goal difference having taken maximum points (15) — the same as Liverpool — from their first five games, and look capable of mounting a real title challenge this campaign.
Eden Hazard, in particular, has been in devastating form, sitting at the top of the Premier League goal-scoring charts after his hat-trick against Cardiff City at Stamford Bridge on Saturday took him to five goals for the season so far.
Currently, things look promising for Chelsea, while there is also much promise about the club’s future with youngster Ethan Ampadu being one reason as to why.
Much has been said about the 18-year-old following his impressive display in Wales’ 4-1 victory over the Republic of Ireland in the UEFA Nations League during the international break with an inclusion in Chelsea’s matchday squad something that is now being touted.
And, should Sarri decide £4.5m-rated (via Transfermarkt) Ampadu is ready for a larger role in the team, then the Wales international has the ability to perform at the necessary level.
Ampadu, who is capable of playing both in defence and midfield, is a brilliant passer of the ball, thus giving many the impression that he would make a good deputy for Jorginho in the regista role, while he is also not afraid to do the dirty side of the game, often throwing himself into tackles.
What stands out most when watching Ampadu, though, are his leadership skills. Despite being so young, last season in the appearances he made for the Chelsea first-team under Antonio Conte, he was repeatedly seen trying to guide his team-mates through games. He constantly instructed the team’s defenders and midfielders on where to move in a way that John Terry so frequently did during his long and successful tenure as Chelsea captain.
Such comparisons, however, may feel extremely premature for Chelsea supporters. But, nevertheless, there is no doubt that Ampadu is well on his way to becoming a world-class player and influential leader on the pitch.
Out of all the youth players Chelsea have had on their books since their youth set up became one of the best in Europe, alongside Callum Hudson-Odoi, Ampadu is one promising talent the club simply cannot afford to send down the wrong path.