Ethan Ampadu
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If Chelsea’s transfer ban is upheld in their hearing next week, it will change the direction of the club massively.

Suddenly using the players we have rather than signing new ones becomes a necessity, and all the young players who might have been thinking about pushing for a move elsewhere might now suddenly see an opportunity at Stamford Bridge.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Callum Hudson-Odoi have both made the jump to first team regulars, and Andreas Christensen is also getting regular minutes now. That’s a fantastic starting point for next season, but there really is another player alongside them who has not made the jump

Despite an impressive preseason, Ethan Ampadu has barely featured for Maurizio Sarri’s side this term. In hindsight, a loan would have been a much better plan for him, and it will be debated all summer whether he should do the same next year.

The youngster will have a much better shot at the first team with the ban in place – but if he doesn’t make it to the first team it will mean he’s had two years barely kicking a ball. Hardly the best method development for a player of his quality.

Just like Chelsea, Ethan will have some big decisions to make this summer.

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