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Ethan Ampadu is in the eternal dilemma of all Chelsea youngsters, fight for your place or go on loan. One Premier League manager definitely wants to give him the experience in England's top tier.
For seven of the last nine years Chelsea have won the FA Youth Cup, and they were losing finalists in one of those odd years, and yet no Chelsea academy product has really broken through to the first team since John Terry.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek had to go on loan to get first team opportunities last season, and he was far from the first, and currently sits on the verge of breaking into the first team.
Now there are increased questions about whether he should go back on loan with his place in the England side potentially in jeopardy.
Next in question is Ethan Ampadu. The young Welshman is still only a teenager but impressed in his first international start in the Nations League for Wales game against Ireland.
Ampadu is still young enough that a loan isn't vital but that hasn't stopped one Premier League manager eyeing up a possible move with Cardiff City boss Neil Warnock claiming he'd love to have a player ahead of Cardiff's clash with the Blues this weekend:
"I think I could help him, and the Premier League would certainly help him," said Warnock. "It would open his eyes.
"He doesn't look out of place at this level and I think he should go on loan. We'd definitely have him.
"I thought he was outstanding in that first game for Wales, but a little overpowered in the second one.
"What I like about him is he's so confident. He's not dissimilar to Ray Wilkins. Ethan keeps everything moving, a bit like Joe Allen."
Ampadu is still only 18 and has played just seven games for Chelsea so far, six in cup competitions and once in the league last season, to add to the 13 senior games he played for Exeter before moving to Stamford Bridge.
It's reported that Maurizio Sarri has been impressed with the English born defender, who can also play in midfield, and that he chose to stay at the club rather than go on loan just yet.
In the past week it's been reported that both England and Manchester United missed out on the impressive youngster when he was even younger.
Ampadu's future with both Wales and Chelsea is bright, but he has to break the current barren run at Stamford Bridge. He's got all the tools to do it.
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