Pundit raves about Chelsea FC youngster Ethan Ampadu

Keith Andrews heaps praise on Ethan Ampadu for his strong performance in Wales' 4-1 win over Ireland

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Chelsea FC manager Maurizio Sarri Photo: The Sport Review

Keith Andrews has lavished praise on Ethan Ampadu following his sparkling performance in Wales’ 4-1 win over the Republic of Ireland on Thursday night.

The Chelsea FC youngster is yet to feature in the Premier League under Maurizio Sarri this season after having notched up seven first-team appearances under Antonio Conte.

The 17-year-old will be hoping to impress new manager Sarri at Stamford Bridge as he bids to try and work his way into the first team under the Italian boss.

Ampadu is yet to feature for Chelsea FC in the Premier League this season but he put in a brilliant display as he helped his country win on Thursday night.

And Andrews was hugely impressed by what he saw from the teenager after he was deployed in midfield for Wales this week.

Speaking during Sky Sports‘ coverage of the game, Andrews said: “He was like a Rolls-Royce in midfield.

“He has so much awareness when picking the ball and where to go.

“When the full-backs went forward, he dropped back into the defence and doesn’t make rash decisions when in critical areas of the pitch.

“He’s got the build, the physique. Where is he going to play? I’d say if he’s that good in possession he’ll stroll it in midfield.

Chelsea FC will return to Premier League action after the international break when they host Cardiff City at Stamford Bridge.

The west London club have won all four of their opening four Premier League games to be level on points with joint leaders Liverpool FC at the top of the table.

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