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Chelsea’s passage into the quarterfinals of the Carabao Cup was satisfying enough. The return to fitness and contention of Danny Drinkwater and news of N’Golo Kante’s recovery progress were also huge boost for the club. One silver lining and shining diamond that really caught the eye above the rest was the brilliant performance of young midfielder, Ethan Ampadu.

The summer signing from Exeter was thrilling to watch. His composure on the ball was excellent, his passing ability was phenomenal and his attacking and defensive positional instinctive play was absolutely impressive. The young kid certainly has got both the brain and brawn to play for the first team. I might be too quick in my assertions, his displays against Nottingham Forest and Everton are no flukes, but testaments of Ampadu’s budding potentials.

The lingering doubts over the young prodigy could stem from the false dawn witnessed back in 2010 when Carlo Ancelotti was manager. Even Ampadu could also learn from this. The Italian gave young Josh McEachran a chance against Newcastle in an FA Cup, and to the amazement of all, the midfielder produced a man of the match performance. Chelsea did eventually lose to the Magpies, but young Josh brought Chelsea on level terms after falling behind by two goals. More good displays raised hopes which were later shattered after he failed to live up to expectations in the latter stages of his Blues career and left the club. Though failure to manage the young kid’s career was also a bitter pill.

Ampadu’s rise could just be Chelsea’s answer to constant criticism of our academy. The midfielder plays with a football brain older than his age. At 17, he still has more to offer as well as more years to fulfill his budding potentials. Importantly, Conte and Chelsea must not let this shinning diamond slip off our fingers.

Let’s hope for the best, cheers!

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