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Ethan Ampadu reminded Chelsea fans of what he can do as Wales beat Azerbaijan 2-0 on Saturday.
The midfielder has been sent out on loan to RB Leipzig for the 2019/20 season but has made just two Bundesliga appearances.
The 19-year-old made his first league appearance earlier this month, playing 38 minutes at centre-back in an 8-0 thumping of Mainz.
Ampadu also played 10 minutes in the 4-2 win over Hertha BSC, having got 18 minutes under his belt during the 6-1 DFB-Pokal win over Wolfsburg in October.
The teenager made just five senior appearances for Chelsea last term, with three coming in the Europa League and two in the FA Cup.
He has still won nine caps for Wales, however, and played 87 minutes as Ryan Giggs’ side picked up an important victory over Azerbaijan in Euro 2020 qualifying.
Ampadu had 72 touches of the ball throughout the encounter, with a 93% passing accuracy, and won four of his ground duels, per SofaScore.
He also won four tackles, blocked two shots and provided able support to right-back Connor Roberts.
Ampadu must be watching on from afar as Frank Lampard’s men enjoy a storming season that revolves around the promotion of youth.
The likes of Mason Mount, Tammy Abraham and Fikayo Tomori have become key members of the squad and this performance proves that Ampadu has the ability as well, provided he is given the tools with which to succeed.
That starts with minutes and Giggs clearly trusts him enough to start him routinely at international level.
In Germany, though, Ampadu is nothing more than a spare part and one has to believe that Chelsea have made a mistake in sending him to Leipzig when he could have been part of Lampard’s revolution.
They are currently second in the league, just four points behind leaders Borussia Monchengladbach, and rotation will be far from manager Julian Nagelsmann’s mind.
It appears Ampadu will merely have to wait for the next international break to roll around before he can once again prove his worth.