Who is Ethan Ampadu?
Ethan Kwame Colm Raymond Ampadu, or simply Ethan Ampadu, is a professional footballer who plays as a central defender or defensive midfielder for Premier League outfit Chelsea and the Wales national team.
Born on 14 September 2000 in Exeter, Devon, a product of the Exeter City youth sector, appearing for the under-18 roster at the age of 14, he made his first-team debut—aged 15 years 10 months and 26 days—in an EFL Cup first-round game against Brentford at St James Park in 2016.
He became their youngest ever player, smashing an 87-year-old record set by Cliff Bastin. In the summer of 2017, Ampadu signed a deal with Premier League club Chelsea.
The two sides had entered negotiations over a compensation sum for the player in a bid to reach a fee that both found suitable for the then 16-year-old.
Yet, in 2017, Exeter City owner Julian Tagg said that whilst there was still a good relationship between the two outfits, there was also a “massive disparity” in both sides’ valuation of the player.
It was set to go to a tribunal. That year, Ampadu made his debut for the Blues in an EFL Cup third round match versus Nottingham Forest.
Doing so made Ethan the first player born in the 2000s to play for the London-based giants’ senior team. At 17 years and six days old, Ampadu also became the youngest player to debut for them in over ten years.
On 12 December 2017, the youngster made his Premier League debut for the west London club. In September 2018, he penned a new five-year deal with Chelsea.
In July 2019, new head coach Frank Lampard confirmed that Ethan would spend the 2019–20 campaign out on loan at another club.
In that period, he joined RB Leipzig on a one-year loan deal. On 7 September 2020, Ampadu signed for Sheffield United on a season-long loan.
What is his international career like?
He plays internationally for the Wales national football team. Ampadu qualifies for his country through his Welsh mother.
Ethan was previously also eligible to represent Ghana, the Republic of Ireland and England. In 2017, at the age of 16, the talent was called into the senior Wales roster ahead of their World Cup qualifier with Serbia.
The talent was called up again on 1 November for friendlies versus France and Panama and made his debut nine days later at the Stade de Franc.
In May 2021, the centre-back was selected for his nation’s squad for the delayed UEFA Euro 2020 tournament.