Has Lampard opened the door for Aston Villa to sign Ethan Ampadu?

Aston Villa fans hold up banners showing the badge during the Sky Bet Championship Play-off Semi Final: First Leg match between Aston Villa and West Bromwich Albion at Villa Park on May 11,...

Aston Villa reportedly want to sign Ethan Ampadu on loan from Chelsea.

Ethan Ampadu of Chelsea runs with the ball during the Pre-Season Friendly match between Bohemians FC and Chelsea FC at Dalymount Park on July 10, 2019 in Dublin, Ireland.

New Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has admitted to the Mail that Ethan Ampadu is likely to leave Stamford Bridge on loan – and this will be music to the ears of Aston Villa.

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.

Ethan Ampadu of Chelsea challenges Andre Wright of Bohemians FC during the Pre-Season Friendly match between Bohemians FC and Chelsea FC at Dalymount Park on July 10, 2019 in Dublin,...

“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.

Ethan Ampadu of Chelsea gives his team instructions during the Premier League 2 match between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea at The Lamex Stadium on March 01, 2019 in Stevenage, England.

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