I have always valued Ethan Ampadu highly and have believed in his ability. Sure, he’s had stuttering moments during his development, but in reality he’s largely consistently performed at a good level.
Ampadu has been at Chelsea since 2017 and is out this season on his fourth loan move with Spezia. But is it time to integrate it now? I think it will be almost impossible to ignore.
He may not be the first name on Chelsea’s squad sheet, but I think his versatility, reliability and consistency make him a very useful team rotation player to add to our squad this summer. But above all, his mentality. He is a real fighter, and we are short on fighters.
The fact that he can play anywhere at the back, and is also a very good defensive midfielder, really makes it a bit of a no-brainer for me.
Chelsea are still looking at plans for the defense, and the signing of a new contract for Thiago Silva is far from a done deal just yet. Kalidou Koulibaly is also in his early 30s and we must consider the future. Ampadu can cover all positions at the back.
But for me, his best position is defensive midfielder, a position in which he has improved a lot in recent months. I’ve always been concerned about his lack of progression with the ball in that position, but this is something that has improved a lot more in his game this season and at the end of last season, which really puts him in a good place to play the role of DM. .
That role, as we know, is the role we lack at this time. Ampadu could be a great endorsement for someone like Declan Rice, while also endorsing our defenders.
Will he be happy with a squad role? Who knows. But he stands behind himself as a player and his own ability, so perhaps he would challenge himself for more than a role on the team if he returns.
His contract also expires in 2024, so he is another player for Chelsea to make a decision on very soon. And for me, I think it might be worth extending. I still think there’s a real player out there and if he could get a foothold somewhere I think he’d get even better too.
He was great in midfield for Wales again last night against the USA, and he has a real defensive awareness, the kind of awareness that we are sorely lacking in midfield. I’m not saying we should trust him and not sign more new midfielders or defenders, but I’m saying he deserves at least some consideration for a role with Chelsea in the future, and I’d even back him to work his way. as usual with Graham Potter.