Former Liverpool defender Phil Babb claims that Chelsea’s Ethan Ampadu is one most exciting talents to come out of the club’s youth academy in recent years.Ampadu is a Welsh international who has been displaying his wide array of talents in recent matches under Ryan Giggs. However, he has not been able to get much of a look in the Chelsea first-team, which is currently under the management of Maurizio Sarri. The Italian has transformed several aspects about Chelsea, but he continues to remain just like every other Chelsea manager of the past – preference for experienced players over youth.
Ampadu was at his devastating best in the recent 4-1 victory for Wales over Republic of Ireland. Even though he is a centre back by trade, he is also equally adept when it comes to playing in the centre of the park. Ryan Giggs decided to hand him with the first international appearance and he played in the midfield for this match. Despite being a youngster,Ampadu dominated the play like a seasoned professional. His impact on the game was evident in the way he provided an assist for Aaron Ramsey buy outmuscling experienced campaigners like Jonathan Walters. Aged only 17,Ampadu still has a long way to go before he has learnt all the tricks in the game, but Babb has urged Sarri to consider the youngster in forthcoming matches.
“He's got composure beyond his years. The world is his oyster. I think Maurizio Sarri has to look at him and say 'wow - what a player I've got here'. He could have been playing in slippers, he was that good,” said Babb.“He was like a Rolls-Royce in midfield.He has so much awareness when picking the ball and where to go,” said Keith Andrews. It remains to be seen if Sarri will head to the words.