CHELSEA youngster Ethan Amadu is as good as any £50m or £60m defender in the world.
That’s the verdict of former Blues star Pat Nevin.
He reckons the 17-year-old is a star in the making, after being impressed with his display in Chelsea’s final pre-season game against Lyon at Stamford Bridge last week.
Ampadu joined the club 12 months ago from League Two side Exeter.
Chelsea will pay the Grecians up to £2.5m in compensation after pinching the youngster – following an initial downpayment of £1.3m.
But Nevin thinks he’s worth much more than that after just a year at Stamford Bridge.
Reviewing the club’s transfer business in his column on Chelsea’s website, he wrote: “It all began to feel a bit last-minute as the squad finally took shape just before the transfer window closed.
“Would the extra midfielder arrive in time? Would we get the goalkeeping dilemma sorted? Is there really a need for another centre-back?
“In the midst of all this, one man seemed quite relaxed, laid back to the point of disinterested, and fortunately for us it was Maurizio Sarri.
“The other midfielder duly arrived from Real Madrid in the shape of Mateo Kovacic, we got in a younger model for the sadly departed Thibaut Courtois in goal and anyone who watched our game against Lyon will be aware that Ethan Ampadu is very likely to push David Luiz, Toni Rudiger, Andreas Christensen and Gary Cahill as much as just about any other centre-back we could have thrown £50m or £60m at.”
Chelsea will look to make it two Premier League wins from two under new manager Maurizio Sarri on Saturday.
The Blues beat Huddersfield 3-0 last weekend but will likely have it tougher next time out when Arsenal are the visitors to Stamford Bridge (5.30pm).
Cesc Fabregas missed the win in west Yorkshire and is a major doubt for the clash against his former side too.