Although, in the first round of international matches, it was Reuben Loftus-Cheek who generated the most column inches, in the media, after his man-of-the-match display on his full debut for the senior side, another Chelsea youngster deserves a mention as well.
On Friday, made his debut for Wales, in their 2-0 defeat at the hands of France.
But in doing so, at the tender age of 17 years and just 58 days, Ampadu became the youngest ever Chelsea player to win a full senior cap.
The youngster, who made his full Chelsea debut in the League Cup fixture against Everton recently, held his own against his illustrious opponents.
However, although Ampadu played in a midfield role in both the aforementioned games, the Welsh manager, Chris Coleman has implied that the youngster could evolve into a central defender, with Coleman remarking,
‘He’s capable of playing both positions.
‘His frame, athleticism, and understanding of the game, he’s a great communicator for someone so young. So at the moment it’s a tough one to call.
‘He could end up playing holding midfielder or as a centre-back.
‘Your modern-day centre-backs start play and you need to be confident in possession. He’s a good communicator and a good all-round player.’
The career of the teenager appears to be progressing perfectly since Chelsea acquired his services from Exeter City, long may it continue.
Eden Hazard set to miss Belgium’s next friendly due to injury concerns
Chelsea’s star forward Eden Hazard has suffered a minor injury during the international break.
The Belgium international got a few heavy knocks to his feet against Mexico on Thursday evening, and could be set to miss the national team’s upcoming friendly against Japan on Tuesday.
Belgian football journalist Kristof Terreur reports that Hazard was ruled out of the team training this morning. So, instead of joining up with the rest of the squad, the 26-year-old was training individually.
— Kristof Terreur 📰 (@HLNinEngeland) November 12, 2017
Hazard captained the side and scored the opening goal in Belgium’s 3-3 draw against the Mexicans.
The former Lille man’s injury is not the only fitness issue for a Chelsea player this break. England’s Gary Cahill suffered a heavy knock which ruled him out of the Three Lions’ friendly against Germany. Hazard’s countryman Michy Batshuayi was also sent back to Cobham after injuring his foot.
Luckily David Luiz, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Alvaro Morata are all in route of recovering in time for Chelsea’s Premier League tie against West Bromwich next Saturday. Hazard should be among that bunch, but there’s currently no confirmation of his return date.