EXETER BOSS REVEALS WHAT HE TOLD THE ENGLISH FA ABOUT AMPADU

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Chelsea youngster Ethan Ampadu has had an incredible rise in his career, having made his senior debut for Exeter before making the switch to Chelsea in the summer, playing twice in the Carabao Cup, starting once, and being named in their Premier League matchday squads.

At just the age of 17, Ampadu plays far beyond his age and has been touted as a future great.

Exeter City boss Paul Tisdale has claimed that he made the English FA aware of Chelsea starlet Ethan Ampadu before the youngster committed his future to Wales.

“He was the best young player I have ever seen at a young age. I came away from the first time I watched him in a match and made a call to the English FA just to say he has English qualifications,” Tisdale told The Mirror.

“He came through the ranks with us and made a youth team appearance for the U18s as a 14-year-old which is when I first really watched him play closely. He was a thorough-bred, even at 14.

“He started that game as a centre-midfield player, played a large part of it as a centre-forward and then went and finished up sweeper.

“What stood out most was nothing clever or elaborate or flash or sexy. It was a player who was 14 and physically could cope with it, which is a big starting point.

“But he was able to read the game and make decisions in an instant. He played like a professional player.

“It was all done in one or two touches and a second before anyone else would do it. Anything that was untidy and messy, he made tidy and made it simple.

“He made other players’ jobs easier and other players better. In my mind that is the key part to a top player and why I phoned the English FA just to mark their card.”

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