Ethan Ampadu

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Ethan Ampadu
Ethan Ampadu 2017.jpg
Ampadu playing for Chelsea U23s in 2017
Personal information
Full name Ethan Kwame Colm Raymond Ampadu[1]
Date of birth (2000-09-14) 14 September 2000 (age 19)[2]
Place of birth Exeter, England
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)[3]
Playing position Centre back / Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current team
RB Leipzig
(on loan from Chelsea)
Number 26
Youth career
2008–2016 Exeter City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2016–2017 Exeter City 8 (0)
2017– Chelsea 1 (0)
2019–RB Leipzig (loan) 0 (0)
National team
2015 England U16 1 (0)
2016 Wales U17 5 (0)
2016 Wales U19 3 (0)
2017– Wales 11 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13:16, 22 July 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 22:23, 13 October 2019 (UTC)

Ethan Kwame Colm Raymond Ampadu (born 14 September 2000) is a professional footballer who plays as a centre back or defensive midfielder for German club RB Leipzig, on loan from Chelsea, and the Wales national team. He made his senior debut for Wales in November 2017. Ampadu previously played for Exeter City, where he became the youngest player to appear for the club's first team, aged 15.

Club career[edit]

Exeter City[edit]

Born in Exeter, Devon, Ampadu is the son of former professional footballer Kwame Ampadu.[4] A product of the Exeter City youth academy, making an appearance for the under-18 squad at the age of 14,[5] he made his senior debut—aged 15 years 10 months and 26 days—in an EFL Cup first round match against Brentford at St James Park on 9 August 2016, playing the full 120 minutes of a 1–0 victory.[6] He became the club's youngest ever player, breaking an 87-year-old record set by Cliff Bastin, and being named man of the match.[7][8][9] Ampadu's record was beaten by Ben Chrisene in August 2019.[10]A week later, he made his league debut in a 1–0 home defeat against Crawley Town in EFL League Two.[11]

Chelsea[edit]

On 1 July 2017, Ampadu signed a contract with Premier League club Chelsea. The two clubs had entered negotiations over a compensation fee for the player in an attempt to reach a fee that both found acceptable for the then 16-year-old. Yet, in November 2017, Exeter City chairman Julian Tagg said that, whilst there was still a positive relationship between the two clubs, there was also a "massive disparity" in both clubs' valuation of the player. It was set to go to a tribunal.[12]

On 20 September 2017, Ampadu made his debut for Chelsea in an EFL Cup third round match against Nottingham Forest, coming on in the 55th minute for Cesc Fàbregas.[13] Doing so made him the first player born in the 2000s to play for the Chelsea senior team. At 17 years and six days old, he also became the youngest player to debut for the club in over ten years.[14] On 12 December 2017, he made his Premier League debut for Chelsea, coming on as a substitute against Huddersfield Town in the 80th minute.[15]

In September 2018 he signed a new five-year contract with Chelsea.[16]

In July 2019, new manager Frank Lampard confirmed that Ampadu would spend the 2019–20 season out on loan at another club.[17] In that period, Ampadu joined RB Leipzig on a season-long loan deal.[18]

International career[edit]

Ampadu plays internationally for the Wales national football team. He qualifies for Wales through his Welsh mother.[19] He was previously also eligible to represent England, Republic of Ireland and Ghana.[20]

On 26 May 2017, at the age of 16, Ampadu was called into the senior Wales squad ahead of their World Cup qualifier with Serbia.[21] He was called up again on 1 November for friendlies against France and Panama,[22] and made his debut on 10 November at the Stade de France, coming on as a 63rd-minute substitute for Joe Ledley in a 2–0 defeat to the French.[23]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 21 February 2019[24]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season Division League National Cup[a] League Cup Europe Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Exeter City 2016–17[25] League Two 8 0 1 0 2 0 2[b] 0 13 0
Chelsea 2017–18[26] Premier League 1 0 3 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
2018–19[27] Premier League 0 0 2 0 0 0 3[c] 0 0 0 5 0
Total 1 0 5 0 3 0 3 0 0 0 12 0
Chelsea U23 2017–18[26] 5[b] 0 5 0
RB Leipzig (loan) 2019–20[28] Bundesliga 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career total 9 0 6 0 5 0 3 0 7 0 30 0
  1. ^ Includes FA Cup, DFB-Pokal
  2. ^ a b Appearances in EFL Trophy
  3. ^ Appearances in UEFA Europa League

International[edit]

As of match played 13 October 2019[29]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
Wales 2017 2 0
2018 4 0
2019 5 0
Total 11 0

Honours[edit]

Chelsea

References[edit]

  1. ^ "List of Players Registered as Scholars in Accordance with Rule C.3 Between 01/07/2017 and 31/07/2017" (PDF). The FA. p. 46. Retrieved 26 September 2017.
  2. ^ "Ethan Ampadu: Overview". Premier League. Retrieved 5 October 2018.
  3. ^ "RasenBallsport Leipzig - Ethan-Ampadu". redbulls.
  4. ^ "Exeter City 1–0 Brentford". BBC Sport. 9 August 2016. Retrieved 10 August 2016.
  5. ^ "Chelsea teenager Ethan Ampadu to be handed first Wales start – just a year after Exeter bow at 15". Daily Mirror. 14 November 2017. Retrieved 11 September 2018.
  6. ^ "Exeter City 1–0 On , Brentford". BBC Sport. 9 August 2016. Retrieved 11 November 2017.
  7. ^ @officialecfc (9 August 2016). "15-year-old Ethan Ampadu wins the man-of-the-match award on his full debut for the club. Well done, Ethan!" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  8. ^ "Exeter City vs Brentford: Ethan Ampadu to become Exeter City's youngest ever player". ExeterExpressandEcho.co.uk. 9 August 2016. Archived from the original on 10 August 2016. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  9. ^ Abbandonato, Paul (10 August 2016). "The 15-year-old wonderkid England want to poach has just become big news". Wales Online.
  10. ^ "Ben Chrisene: Exeter City youngster has 'top level' potential after breaking Ethan Ampadu record". BBC Sport. 15 August 2019.
  11. ^ "Exeter City 0–1 Crawley Town". BBC Sport. 16 August 2016. Retrieved 11 November 2017.
  12. ^ Byrom, David (15 November 2017). "What we know so far about the Ethan Ampadu tribunal". devonlive. Retrieved 6 January 2018.
  13. ^ "Chelsea 5–1 Nottingham Forest". BBC Sport. 20 September 2017. Retrieved 20 September 2017.
  14. ^ "Ethan Ampadu becomes youngest Chelsea player in over a decade". Goal. 20 September 2017.
  15. ^ "Huddersfield Town 1–3 Chelsea". BBC Sport. 12 December 2017. Retrieved 21 December 2017.
  16. ^ "Ethan Ampadu: Chelsea youngster signs new five-year contract". BBC Sport. 19 September 2018.
  17. ^ "Ethan Ampadu: Chelsea defender set to leave on loan". BBC Sport. 16 July 2019.
  18. ^ "Transfermeldung! Ethan Ampadu kommt leihweise zu RB Leipzig" (in German). 22 July 2019. Retrieved 22 July 2019.
  19. ^ Abbandonato, Paul (10 August 2016). "The 15-year-old wonderkid England want to poach has just become big news". walesonline.
  20. ^ Rogers, Gareth (7 April 2016). "Why Man Utd target Ethan Ampadu chose Wales over England". WalesOnline.co.uk.
  21. ^ "Ethan Ampadu: Exeter City youngster included in Wales squad". BBC Sport. Retrieved 26 May 2017.
  22. ^ Byrom, David (1 November 2017). "Chelsea starlet Ethan Ampadu included in Wales squad for November friendlies". Devon Live. Retrieved 11 November 2017.
  23. ^ "France 2–0 Wales". BBC Sport. 10 November 2017. Retrieved 11 November 2017.
  24. ^ Ethan Ampadu at Soccerway. Retrieved 13 October 2017.
  25. ^ "Games played by Ethan Ampadu in 2016/2017". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 13 October 2017.
  26. ^ a b "Games played by Ethan Ampadu in 2017/2018". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 13 October 2017.
  27. ^ "Games played by Ethan Ampadu in 2018/2019". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 11 August 2018.
  28. ^ "Games played by Ethan Ampadu in 2019/2020". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 23 July 2019.
  29. ^ "Ampadu, Ethan". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman. Retrieved 14 October 2019.
    Pearlman, Michael (13 October 2019). "Wales 1–1 Croatia". BBC Sport. Retrieved 14 October 2019.
  30. ^ Bevan, Chris (29 May 2019). "Chelsea 4–1 Arsenal". BBC Sport. Retrieved 29 May 2019.

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