Chelsea’s Ampadu praised for Wales’ World Cup qualification


Chelsea’s ‘Ethan Ampadu header was a magnet for the ball’ as Wales qualified for the 2022 World Cup with a 1-0 win over Ukraine, according to Sky Sports.

The 21-year-old was brought in alongside Robert Page for the crucial match, with the Dragons looking to secure a place in the World Cup final for the first time since 1958.

Ampadu, who played on loan for Venezia last season, played 90 minutes as his country staunchly defended to prevent Ukraine from returning to the game.

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sky sports gave the centre-back a seven out of ten, underlining his response to a nervous opening moment.

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They said: “I played Yaremchuk for a first chance and was grateful to Hennessey. Made a vital head clearance under his own crossbar. Indeed, it was as if Ampadu’s head was a magnet for the ball.

Wales Online were equally complimentary of the Blues star, giving it an eight out of ten as the Dragons survived the onslaught of their opponents in the second half.

They said: “A few misplaced passes early on but more than pulled his weight defensively as the game progressed. Has grown well in things and has again shown maturity far beyond his years. A composed performance at the end.

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Ampadu will return to Stamford Bridge next season after a solid loan spell with Serie A side Venezia. The spell abroad was the Welshman’s third loan spell away from the Blues, having spent time with RB Leipzig and Sheffield United.

The 21-year-old has made the majority of his Chelsea appearances under Antonio Conte and Maurizio Sarri, with all but one of his 12 appearances in cup competitions.

Now, according to TEAMtalk, Thomas Tuchel has decided to let the Welsh international go this summer, but it seems like a risk.

The departure of Antonio Rudiger as well as rumored exits of Andreas Christensen and Cesar Azpilicueta could leave Chelsea short of the back next season unless they are able to strengthen in the transfer window.

Ampadu’s latest appearance could help change Tuchel’s mind on his decision to sell him, but that remains to be seen as the summer progresses.

Jack is a graduate football journalist from the University of Derby. He has freelanced for The Athletic and The Sun. Jack reported live from Premier League and Championship grounds, while also being published in the Non League Paper.

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