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Sheffield United: Blades want Ethan Ampadu on loan

Sheffield United: Blades want Ethan Ampadu on loan - Sheffield United Transfer Rumours

Sheffield United are hoping to take Chelsea defender Ethan Ampadu on loan for the 2020/21 season, according to the Daily Mail.

The media outlet claimed that Blades manager Chris Wilder is willing to satisfy the teenager’s demand for first team football, with the youngster finding game-time hard to come by at club level.

Ampadu has won 13 caps for Wales, playing the duration of their two UEFA Nations League games over the last week, but he has managed only 12 first team appearances for Chelsea so far and played just seven times during an abortive loan spell at RB Leipzig last season.

Although he has struggled for regular game-time at Stamford Bridge, Wales boss Ryan Giggs – winner of 13 Premier League titles with Manchester United – has hailed the teenager as “a manager’s dream” and said that “nothing fazes him“.

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Ampadu plays primarily as a centre-back but can also shift to a defensive midfield role, with the 19-year-old standing out for his excellent retention of the ball during the embryonic stages of his career. He had a passing success rate of 90.4% in the Bundesliga last season, with John Lundstram’s 82.7% the highest among Sheffield United’s regular starters in 2019/20 (as per WhoScored).

One complication is that Wilder is already well stocked in both positions in which the teenager plays – centre-back trio Chris Basham, John Egan and Jack O’Connell all started 32 or more Premier League games last term, while Oliver Norwood, John Fleck and Lundstram each started at least 26 league games. Also, Sander Berge made 12 league starts since coming to Bramall Lane in January.

Wilder doesn’t tend to deviate hugely from his preferred XI – six players started 36 or more Premier League games in 2019/20 – so Ampadu may have a challenge on his hands to break into the Blades’ line-up on a regular basis.

However, the manager’s reported desire to grant the player his wish of more regular game-time suggests that the youngster wouldn’t be constantly parked on the Bramall Lane bench. Also, his magnificent passing record and versatility should make him a very good option for Sheffield United to have if they can secure a loan move to Yorkshire for the Welsh talent.

Sheffield United fans, could you see Ampadu getting into Wilder’s first XI? Join in the discussion by commenting below!


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