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Chelsea youngster Ethan Ampadu is one of the highly rated imports from Wales and the 19-year-old was loaned to RB Leipzig in the summer in the hope of giving him more first team opportunities.
Unfortunately, the Chelsea youngster is yet to feature for the Bundesliga club, with his only senior appearance this season coming in Wales’ Euro 2020 qualifying win against Azerbaijan last month.
Wales manager Ryan Giggs has admitted he is worried about Ampadu’s lack of playing time and is worried that it could affect his development.
Giggs said: “It is a concern because Ethan is at the age now where he has to play.
“He’s had a few problems there injury-wise, nothing serious but little aches and pains.
“The last few camps he’s looked so much better in training.
“He is such a talent it’s hard to ignore. But it’s very difficult for him to play 90 minutes and back-to-back games, because he’s not had the minutes.”
Giggs has revealed he has not spoken to Chelsea manager Frank Lampard or anyone else at Stamford Bridge over Ampadu’s situation. However, he revealed that he is planning a scouting trip to Germany soon, to check on some Welsh players over there, with Schalke winger Rabbi Matondo and St Pauli defender James Lawrence also playing there.
“Rabbi had an injury, then he had an infection into the injury,” Giggs said, ahead of Wales’ Euro 2020 qualifier in Slovakia on Thursday. “So it was a difficult time for him.
“But he scored his first goal the other week and he’s a talent.
“He’s at a big club and hopefully he will get a run of games there. The speed he’s got, he’s an option, whether starting or off the bench.
“We’ve got different scenarios abroad, with Ethan, Rabbi and James in Germany and Gareth (Bale) and Aaron (Ramsey) in Spain and Italy.
“It’s a different situation for players. You’ve seen it work with the likes of Jadon Sancho, who have done well abroad.
“I think it’ll happen more and more, but they’ve got to play.”