The Blues have touched down in Japan for the second part of our pre-season tour and Lampard’s first task was a press conference. In which he was questioned regarding the absence of Ethan Ampadu from the 25 man roster that has travelled and went on to confirm that the Welshman will be going out on loan. Our question – where’s best for Ethan?
‘We are looking at the possibility of him going out on loan for the season. I tried to sign Ethan on loan at Derby last year so I’m a big fan, but with the minutes he played last year, in the interest of Ethan and of Chelsea, the idea he can play a lot of games somewhere could be good for him.”
The quotes from the manager make it clear that he rates Ampadu highly, however feels that the player would benefit from a loan move in order to gain valuable experience and increased minutes on the field.
It seems most Chelsea fans agree that this is the correct decision by the club, despite Ampadu’s clear talent, the youngster sits behind David Luiz, Kurt Zouma, Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen and seemingly Fikayo Tomori in the pecking order and would struggle for regular minutes this season. It’s fairly clear that the 18-year-old is of Premier League ability, having impressed whenever he’s put on the Chelsea shirt. The youngster has also already achieved 8 international caps with his first call up coming at just 16 years of age. So where’s best for Ethan Ampadu to go on loan?
The ideal scenario could be Aston Villa. One huge factor in this is John Terry, who’s the assistant manager at the newly promoted side. There is nobody better to mentor the young centre-back than the former Chelsea captain and the knowledge he’d be able to pass over to Ampadu is priceless.
There’s a few sticking points here, however. Villa have just splashed over £25M on defender Tyrone Mings, as well as bringing in Matt Targett, Ezri Konsa and Kortney Hause to add to defensive numbers. Yet again there would be stiff competition for game time especially considering Ampadu has only one Premier League appearance to his name compared to the more experienced squad around him. Even so, it’s likely that the Welshman can prove his quality and become a regular in Villa’s side and could even slot into midfield behind the likes of Jack Grealish.
Having just been promoted the Birmingham side will surely be looking to add depth and quality to their roster and as a result there’s a fair chance that a player such as Ethan Ampadu would be of their interest. It is expected that a relegation battle will be on the cards for Villa – there is no doubt that this experience would be hugely beneficial for the young centre-back who would have to learn to dig-in and grind out results at all costs, improving the player’s mentality under pressure and discipline which will bode well for when he returns to Chelsea.
It has been questioned wether or not Ethan Ampadu is ready for Premier League football week-in week-out due to his lack of minutes with Chelsea and he could be touted for a Championship move instead with Reading reportedly interested. Most fans, however, would argue a Premier League loan would be more beneficial.
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Written by Dan Barker | @danbarkzr