Journalist was impressed with Ethan Ampadu's leadership during Vidi 2-2 Chelsea


Chelsea fans were excited to see Ethan Ampadu in action during their trip to Vidi on Thursday night.

The Blues had already secured qualification to the Europa League knockout rounds, so Maurizio Sarri decided to play a number of youngsters upon the trip to Budapest.

That included Ampadu, who has thoroughly impressed Chelsea fans in his previous appearances and the Vidi clash represented his first start of the season.

The history-books will remember his performance for the own goal he scored during the first-half, but supporters were still singing his praise throughout the match.

In fact, plenty of fans were keen to point out how maturely Ampadu reacted to the moment and he didn't let it get to him on the European stage.

Vidi 2-2 Chelsea

The unfortunate moment came just two minutes after Willian had opened the scoring and Vidi would go on to score an unlikely second with Loic Nego volleying home.

Nevertheless, Olivier Giroud's free-kick spared Ampadu's blushes and the Welshman bagged an important 90 minutes worth of experience.

And amidst all the praise for his performance, Chelsea correspondent Oliver Harbord made an intriguing observation during the game.


Journalist makes Ampadu observation

In fact, he even describes it as: 'The moment that proved Ethan Ampadu will be a future Chelsea captain.'

Writing for Football London, Harbord explains: "Vidi defender Attila Floria was fuming with Emerson Palmieri that the Chelsea player didn't kick the ball out of play with the home side's Loic Nego down injured.

"The two players squared up, while Callum Hudson-Odoi also got involved.

"Ampadu was the first person to sprint over from defence to the left wing to calm everything down, taking away his fellow youngster and then making sure Emerson was not involved in a confrontation.

"The same thing happened moments later when Cesc Fabregas was involved in an altercation with a Vidi player, with Ampadu stepping in once more to calm it all down.

"For an 18-year-old it was impressive to see that awareness of his teammates, not just his own performance which a lot of youngsters would have though of."

Fair play, Ethan, fair play.

It's yet more evidence that Ampadu is showing maturity beyond his age and this type of behaviour in the heat of a match certainly demonstrates leadership qualities.


There's still a long way to go for the 18-year-old to enter the first-team picture in the Premier League, though, before he can even consider the captaincy.

That being said, he certainly has the talent to go far at Stamford Bridge and fans will have their fingers crossed that Sarri backs him.

After the Vidi performance, he certainly deserves more game-time, for impressing with the ball in play and without it.

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