It is hardly a secret that Aston Villa are looking to add a defensive midfielder to their new-look squad. The Premier League newcomers have spent over £80 million since beating Derby County in the play-off final but they still need to replace Glenn Whelan and Mile Jedinak in front of the back four.
And with Kalvin Phillips looking more and more likely to stay at Leeds United, Ampadu’s new-found availability could hardly have been timed much better.
According to The Guardian, Aston Villa are looking to bring in an 18-year-old with talent and maturity well beyond his tender years, having established himself as a Wales international before shining for Chelsea in pre-season.
“Ethan is not here as we're looking at the possibility of him going on loan for the season,” Lampard said, explaining why the teenager hadn’t travelled to Japan for the next leg of The Blues’ pre-season tour.
“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, I have to think of the bigger picture and the interests of Ethan and of Chelsea.”
Considering that Aston Villa manager Dean Smith is famous for his ability to improve young players, a season-long spell at the Midlands could be exactly what the doctor ordered for all parties.
Ampadu’s intelligent use of the ball and excellent positioning makes him a perfect fit for Smith’s system. And, in 12 months time, he could return to Stamford Bridge with a full season of Premier League football under his belt.
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