Frank Lampard set for Ethan Ampadu loan dilemma at Chelsea after Wales display

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Ethan Ampadu has been widely praised for his performance in Wales’ win over Finland.

The versatile Chelsea prospect played in the centre of defence alongside Tom Lockyer of Luton Town, and he put in a solid performance to help keep a clean sheet in a 1-0 victory.

Frank Lampard has been open about his admiration for the 19-year-old in the past, but Ampadu could be behind each of Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen, Fikayo Tomori and Kurt Zouma in the pecking order.

The former Derby boss could see the former Exeter City youngster as a midfielder, but that is also well stocked thanks to the likes of Jorginho, N'Golo Kante and Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

Former Wales striker Nathan Blake was one of the first to praise Ampadu and he believes that the player could be a big part in the future of the national team under Ryan Gibbs.

"I thought Ethan Ampadu as well at the back, playing slightly out of position I thought he gave a really good account of himself,” he told BBC Sport.

“[There were] some really good performances from some young lads yesterday. You've got a really good, strong squad they're developing.”

Goal reported in August that Ampadu is hoping to prove his ability at Stamford Bridge during the 2020/21 season, and that he is keen to shun several loan offers before the new season begins.

Lampard said when Ampadu left to join RB Leipzig on loan last season: “I tried to sign Ethan on loan at Derby last year, so I'm a big fan.

"But with the minutes he played last year, in the interest of Ethan and of Chelsea, the idea he can play a lot of games somewhere could be good for him.

"I really wanted to work with Ethan this year. That's a slight disappointment, but it's to benefit of him.”

Ampadu spoke to The Athletic of his decision to go to Germany earlier this year, and was linked with a move to Fulham by the same publication last month.

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He said at the time: “There’s been a lot of frustration at times; however, I’ve learned a lot through those frustrations which will only help me later in my career.

“I’ve not played as many games as I’d have liked to but in the games I’ve played in, I think I’ve done reasonably well. That’ll give me confidence, but I’ve things to learn from.

“If I’m honest, it’s not been as good as I hoped, not all that I wanted it to be. But I hope technically I’ve improved and, tactically, I’ve now played under another manager.

“So I’ve learned another style of football and how another manager thinks football should be played.”

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