Yesterday, Ethan Ampadu joined Sheffield United on loan from Chelsea for the upcoming 2020-21 season.

The move will be his second successive spell away from Stamford Bridge, having spent last campaign at Bundesliga side Leipzig, where he made just seven appearances across all competitions, alongside Blues teammate Timo Werner.

Ampadu, who joined The Blues from Exeter City in July 2017, has found it difficult to cement a regular starting position for the senior team.

The 19 year-old has played 12 times overall, making just one Premier League appearance, a brief ten-minute substitute cameo against Huddersfield in December 2017.

The versatile defender will be desperate for senior minutes, following the arrivals of centre-backs Thiago Silva and Malang Sarr (who has been sent out on-loan himself).

The move to The Blades will provide an opportunity and challenge, to gain experience and help the side in achieving their league objectives.

What can Ethan Ampadu learn at Sheffield United?

Wales v Bulgaria - UEFA Nations League
CARDIFF, WALES – SEPTEMBER 06: Ethan Ampadu of Wales shoots past Birsent Karagaren of Bulgaria during the UEFA Nations League group stage match between Wales and Bulgaria at Cardiff City Stadium on September 06, 2020 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Defensive stability

The Welshman will be joining a disciplined side that don’t like to concede very often. Chris Wilder‘s men had the fourth-best defensive record in the league last campaign and finished ninth, in what was their first season back in the English top-flight since 2006-07.

United kept 13 clean sheets and conceded 39 times, a number bettered only by the league’s top-three, which just goes to show how much of a solid and compact unit they are.

 

Ampadu will certainly gain a wealth of experience from the likes of seasoned-veterans Enda Stevens and Chris Basham, who will undoubtedly help him develop his own defensive attributes further.

Three at the back

The Blades have flourished by using the wing-back system and have managed to get great joy against some of the top sides in the division. Last campaign, they took points off a host of top sides including Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United.

They boasted an unbeaten record against Ampadu’s parent club Chelsea, drawing 2-2 at Stamford Bridge, before winning the home fixture 3-0 at Bramall Lane.

Ampadu, though not featuring regularly while at Leipzig due to a back injury since March, played in a back-three on occasions. When he did play, his side never lost a game, recording five wins and two draws.

He kept clean sheets in two of the three substitute appearances in the league, and in his only 90 minutes of the entire campaign, he recorded a clean sheet against Chelsea’s rivals Spurs in the Champions League.

Frank Lampard‘s side have thrived themselves by playing three at the back and should Ampadu learn to adapt his game to the formation at Sheffield, he would certainly return to The Blues with a deeper ability to read the game, which bodes well for his future.

Tottenham Hotspur v RB Leipzig - UEFA Champions League Round of 16: First Leg
LONDON, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 19: Ethan Ampadu of RB Leipzig looks on during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 first leg match between Tottenham Hotspur and RB Leipzig at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on February 19, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Sebastian Frej/MB Media/Getty Images)

Ethan Ampadu could feature at European Championships

Ampadu will want to be involved in Ryan Giggs’ Wales team for the summer’s European Championships. The side have qualified for successive quadrennial European tournament Finals for the first time in their history.

Ampadu has 13 senior caps for his country and should he be able to cement a regular place for Sheffield United and impress while at Bramall Lane, a seat on the plane may be available, providing he keeps fit.

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