Chelsea youngster Ethan Ampadu was not named as part of the squad that made the trip to Japan.
Ampadu is highly rated at Chelsea since joining from Exeter as a 16-year-old two years ago. He impressed in Chelsea’s 1-1 draw against Bohemians in Dublin but didn’t feature in Chelsea’s 4-0 win over St Patrick’s.
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has revealed he’s a big fan of Ampadu and tried to get him on loan last season at Derby County. Lampard believes it is best for the player to get regular football away from Stamford Bridge for the campaign.
Chelsea fans have revealed that they are happy Ampadu is going on loan.
“Ethan’s not injured,” Lampard said.
“We are looking at the possibility of Ethan going on loan for the season. I tried to sign Ethan on loan at Derby last year so I’m a big fan, but with the minutes he played last year, in the interest of Ethan and of Chelsea, the idea he can play a lot of games somewhere could be good for him. That’s not done yet but we haven’t brought him here while that’s up in the air.
“I really wanted to work with Ethan this year. That’s a slight disappointment, but it’s to benefit of him. In midfield and defence we have a lot of quality, so each player is a case by case.”
“Not a bad decision from the manager knowing that you didn’t get much game time last season,” tweeted a Chelsea fan.
Another Blues fan tweeted: “A good thing, rather than just keeping him around the squad with no game time.”
“Do him the world of good,” tweeted another fan.
“Ampadu aint good enough for the premier league yet,” added another.
“We have many CBs, this is a good decision but hopefully he stays in the Prem,” another Blues fan tweeted.