Chelsea midfielder Ethan Ampadu believes that his club are committed to developing their young players in a bid to fielding them in the first team.
The 17-year-old anchorman joined The Blues on 1 July 2017 on a free transfer after his deal with former club Exeter City expired although The Grecians will receive compensation for the player’s services.
Ampadu was handed a surprise first team debut for his new club in the 5-1 EFL Cup victory over Nottingham Forest at Stamford Bridge in September while he has been given three further senior outings by manager Antonio Conte.
When speaking to the Chelsea Presser, the defensive midfielder admitted that there are significant differences between former club Exeter City and current club Chelsea but both clubs share the same goal.
“The facilities at Chelsea are obviously a lot different to Exeter” Ampadu said.
“I think the main foundations are the same, they (Chelsea) want to improve players and try to get players up the age groups into the first team.
“Since joining Chelsea I have really enjoyed it.”
Few expected Ampadu’s rise to the first team environment at Stamford Bridge to have been so quick and the player admits that he is surprised himself by the opportunities which he has been given.
Ampadu added “When I first joined I thought that I would be in and around the Under-23s which I was.
“I tried just working hard to improve myself as a player and then a chance came in the first team and I have again tried to prove myself and show what I can do.
I’m not too sure if I will be included (in the squad for the Norwich City fixture) but I will just try and impress in training and again show what I can do.”
Ampadu was fielded by Under-23s boss Joe Edwards at centre-back for Chelsea’s 5-0 Premier League 2 victory over Sunderland at The Hetton Centre and the youngster was pleased with his performance in a game in which he scored and contributed to a clean sheet.
“The main thing for us was to get a clean sheet” said the Wales international. “From a team perspective it helps us win games because you only need to score one goal.
“To get more than one made it comfortable but we remained switched on to keep a clean sheet.”
Ampadu last featured for Chelsea at first team level in the 2-1 win over AFC Bournemouth in the EFL Cup last month while he was recently an unused substitute for the goalless draw with Norwich City in the FA Cup Third Round tie at Carrow Road.