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Chelsea fans all said the same thing about Ethan Ampadu's display v Everton

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Chelsea's teenage midfielder Ethan Ampadu was handed his full debut in Wednesday night's 2-1 win over Everton in the Carabao Cup.

The 17-year-old defensive midfielder was signed from Exeter City over the summer and certainly has a promising future ahead of him.

Ampadu - who made his League Cup debut aged 15 for Exeter - became the first player born in 2000 to start a game for Chelsea.

Goals from Antonio Rudiger and Willian secured Chelsea's progression into the quarter-final draw, which takes place on Thursday afternoon.

Antonio Conte praised the youngsters, singling out Ampadu, following Wednesday night's 2-1 win at Stamford Bridge.

“Charly [Musonda], and Kenedy and Ampadu – and don’t forget he is only 17 years old – played a good game," said Conte.

“It is very important to trust in these players because they deserve to have this chance. And I had a good answer and the answer I was waiting for.

“To see Ampadu is important because you know that if we have patience we have many young players we can work and improve. With young players we must have a lot of patience. The most important thing is that they must want to work.”

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Superb individual highlights

Ampadu's individual highlights on YouTube were proving very popular amongst Chelsea fans, with many suggesting he should be given a run in the first team.

At one point, he was even seen barking orders at club captain Gary Cahill.

Chelsea have a reputation of struggling to bring through youngsters into the first team but Ampadu's composed performance against Everton will certainly give fans hope.

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In recent years, the Blues have failed to integrate the likes of Romelu Lukaku and Kevin De Bruyne, who now both play starring roles at Manchester United and Manchester City respectively.

Ampadu displayed maturity far beyond his years and fans were all saying the same thing about his excellent performance in the heart of the Chelsea midfield.

They were struggling to believe he was only 17.

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