Chelsea youngster Ethan Ampadu was handed his first start for Wales in their 1-1 international friendly draw with Panama in Cardiff on Tuesday night, and Blues fans were quick to have their say on the teenager’s performance.
The 17-year-old picked up his second cap for his country with a spot in defensive midfield having made his debut as a substitute against France earlier this month, and he showed his maturity and the qualities that he has in the middle of the park before he was taken off in the 67th minute.
Despite his tender years the Welshman has already played twice in the Carabao Cup for the west London outfit this term, while he has been an unused substitute for their last three Premier League matches.
Chelsea supporters took to social media to give their thoughts on his latest showing, and while some described his distribution as “Pirlo-esque”, another simply said that “Conte was definitely right about Ampadu”.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
Heard ampadu impressed on his full debut. Good news for the acadmey i guess. Conte should use ampadu in first team. Hes more than useful. Play him him in 1st team this season and then look for decent pl loan. #cfc
— Abdul Qadir (@QadirCFC) November 15, 2017
— Llion Carbis (@carbislli) November 14, 2017
Mad praise for Ampadu from fans after his first Wales start. Many want him to start full-time.
— #4. (@ThatMunichNight) November 15, 2017
Ethan Ampadu is so mature for his age
— BiIIy (@MoratatouiIIe) November 15, 2017
Conte was definitely right about ampadu
— Shaq (@Shaquillejt) November 15, 2017
Ethan #Ampadu will be a superstar at @ChelseaFC . He is much more ahead of his age in terms of playing football.He is someone Antonio Conte always speaks of.Great talent and congrats to his full international debut.Serious future this guy has.
— Sachin Chandra (@singh_sac) November 15, 2017
I'm seriously hoping that Ethan Ampadu makes the first team.
— Shivansh Sareen (@shivansh_sareen) November 15, 2017
I hope we don't convert Ampadu into a defender. He is good in midfield.
— CW (@CreativeWinger) November 15, 2017
Some saying his distribution was pirlo-esque. We need a player in that mould, someone who can sit deep and dictate play. Hope Ampadu evolves into one.
— J (@TimoeBakayoko) November 15, 2017