Ethan Ampadu is now Chelsea’s second youngest player to play in the Premier League after he made a cameo appearance against Huddersfield on Tuesday.
The 17-year old is now the first Chelsea player in the current millennium to don the blue colors in the England top flight.
Ethan Ampadu has enjoyed a wonderful 2017:
✅ Big move to Chelsea
✅ Second-youngest Chelsea debutant since 1970
✅ @UEFAYouthLeague debut
✅ Two 🏴 Wales caps
✅ Premier League debut
17 years old. Look out, 2018. pic.twitter.com/xlise2C6FB
— Scouted Football (@ScoutedFtbl) December 12, 2017
Ampadu was introduced on the 79th minute of the game to replace Andreas Chrsitensen, and slotted right into the center back position, helping the Blues to a win at the Kirklees stadium.
The former Exeter City youngster has enjoyed some game time this season in the EFL Cup but his appearance against Huddersfield was the first time he played in the Premier League, and it goes to show the trust Chelsea have in him at a tender age.
His notable contribution though, was a negative one after he forced his own goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois into a save, having failed to guide a headed clearance off danger.
Owen Hargreaves predicts Chelsea v Barcelona
Owen Hargreaves is confident that Chelsea have what it takes to cause an upset and beat Barcelona in the last 16 of the Champions League.
The Blues were pitted against the La Liga giants in Monday’s draw after they were made to pay for finishing second in their group.
Chelsea and Barcelona have made numerous times in the Champions League, and the Blues successfully made their way past the La Liga giants in 2012 on their way towards victory in the competition.
The west London side will inevitably be the underdogs when they come up against the likes of Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez next year.
However, former Manchester United midfielder Hargreaves seems to be confident that the west London side do indeed have what it takes to cause an upset and reach the quarter-finals.
Speaking to BT Sport after the draw was made on Monday, Hargreaves said: “Everybody knows Barcelona are the favourites. They’ve been brilliant.
“But Antonio Conte can easily find a way. Alvaro Morata, Eden Hazard and Cesar Azpilicueta… they have some Spanish influence in that side.
“They could find a way – but if Barcelona are at their best then they’re virtually impossible to stop.”
Chelsea are currently preparing for their home Premier League clash against Southampton at Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon as they look to try and claw their way back into the title race.
The Blues won the title last season but missed out on a domestic double when they were beaten by Arsenal in the FA Cup final.