By 90Min
December 21, 2017

Young Chelsea star Ethan Ampadu proved to everyone on Wednesday night what a promising talent he is, by shining against Bournemouth in the Carabao Cup quarter-final.

The Welshman was deployed in defence alongside Gary Cahill and Antonio Rudiger, and played with a maturity well beyond his 17 years.

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The term 'ball-playing centre-half' is thrown around quite a lot these days but it's something that definitely seems to apply to Ampadu, who made 87 successful passes out of 88 in the game at Stamford Bridge (via WhoScored) - giving him a highly impressive 99% accuracy.

He has given Blues fans a possible look into the future, with Andreas Christensen having also performed very impressively over the past few weeks - the Dane has forced his way into the starting XI at the expense of David Luiz, who is currently 'injured'.

Ampadu, who signed for the club from Exeter City in 2016, will be hoping for more chances to impress after his bright start - manager Antonio Conte has proved he has faith in youth and is not shy to field inexperienced stars if they are good enough.

Ampadu will know that Gary Cahill and Antonio Rudiger are not guaranteed starters any more, and could sense an opportunity to break through.

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