Ampadu made his 10th appearance for Chelsea.

Chelsea journalists and fans noticed Ethan Ampadu's actions during Chelsea v Nottingham Forest

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FA Cup holders Chelsea eased into the fourth round with a comfortable 2-0 victory at home to Nottingham Forest.

Maurizio Sarri made several changes to his starting line-up for the tie, giving opportunities to youngsters Callum Hudson-Odoi and Ethan Ampadu.

Alvaro Morata scored both the two goals but winger Hudson-Odoi - who is attracting interest from Bayern Munich - impressed.

And so did 18-year-old Ampadu.

In his previous appearances in the first-team, the Welshman has played in defence.

However, against Forest, he operated in a wide right position in midfield.

It was a solid performance from Ampadu but there was an aspect of his game that impressed many people.

Chelsea author Mark Worrall tweeted a picture during the match and wrote: “Watching Ampadu off the ball... he is giving instructions and orchestrating play.”

And it was something that Chelsea journalist Dan Levene also spotted.

He wrote: “Ethan Ampadu wide right. Can already see his locks flying wide, as he twists his head this way and that - pointing directions and orders out to his teammates. A player of such huge character, for his tender years.”


And several Chelsea fans also noticed Ampadu’s natural leadership.

Not bad for an 18-year-old playing alongside the likes of Cesc Fabregas, Ross Barkley, David Luiz and Morata.

While it was an encouraging performance from Ampadu, it actually cost Chelsea £250,000.

It was his 10th appearance for Chelsea, meaning they must pay an installment of £250,000 to his former club Exeter City.

The Blues will have to pay the same amount when Ampadu reaches 20, 30, 40 and 50 first-team appearances.

With Ampadu showing this kind of leadership at 18, it wouldn't be surprising to see him reach all of those milestones in the years to come.

Exeter City
Nottingham Forest
Maurizio Sarri
Ethan Ampadu
Cesc Fabregas
Callum Hudson Odoi
Alvaro Morata
Ross Barkley
Premier League
David Luiz

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