AMPADU HAILED FOR HIS PERFORMANCE IN WALES 4-1 VICTORY OVER REPUBLIC OF IRELAND

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Chelsea youngster Ethan Ampadu was impressive from midfield in Wales in their 4-1 victory over Republic of Ireland on Thursday.

The highly-rated teenager, who can also play in defence, set up Wales’ third goal scored by Aaron Ramsey and was also involved in the build-up for Tom Lawrence’s opener.

“Ethan is a talented player,” Wales boss Ryan Giggs said.

“Even more so than that, as a person, he’s so balanced and mature for such a young player. He’ll be a magnificent player.”

Ex-Ireland defender Phil Babb was also impressed with Ampadu’s performance.

“He’s got composure beyond his years. The world is his oyster,” Babb said.

“I think Maurizio Sarri has to look at him and say ‘wow – what a player I’ve got here’.

“He could have been playing in slippers, he was that good. He was like a Rolls-Royce in midfield.

“He has so much awareness when picking the ball and where to go.

“When the full-backs went forward, he dropped back into the defence and doesn’t make rash decisions when in critical areas of the pitch.

“He’s got the build, the physique. Where is he going to play? I’d say if he’s that good in possession he’ll stroll it in midfield.

“It was a big call to leave Joe Ledley out but it shows the confidence Ryan Giggs has in him.”

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