Sheffield United coach Chris Wilder didn’t let grass grow around his feet during England’s short short season.
In addition to raiding County Derby for defenders Jayden Boyle and Max Lowe, he rushed to take Ethan Ampadu on a one-season loan from Chelsea.
Ampadu (19) has already won 13 caps for Wales and is the son of Impact assistant coach Kwame Ampadu, who coached the youngsters at Arsenal with Thierry Henry and became the Frenchman’s assistant. at AS Monaco. Although born in Bradford, England, he has four U21s for the Republic of Ireland, thanks to his mother from Dublin.
Ampadu junior himself could have had a choice of 4 international countries including England, Republic of Ireland and Ghana, but he chose Wales, his own mother’s birthplace.
He would have faced the Impact’s own Jukka Raitala and Lassi Lappalainen last Thursday, the duo were able to join the Finnish national team. Ampadu, with more international caps than club appearances to his name, has played in each of Wales’ 1-0 wins this past weekend; in Finland and at home in Bulgaria.
He spent last season also on loan, at Bundesliga club RB Leipzig, but was limited to just 7 appearances.
The young Ampadu has received rave reviews for his appearances for Wales, and upon signing Wilder said: “Ethan is an exceptional young player for Chelsea, and we have worked very hard to secure his signing for the season.
“We have to thank Frank Lampard and the people of Chelsea for helping to make this possible. We have a good relationship with them and they know we are going to take good care of him.