Date: 28th October 2017 at 10:37am
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On Wednesday evening, Antonio Conte gave his first start in the senior side to Ethan Ampadu.

Having bloodied the 17-year-old in the previous round, with Ampadu coming on as a substitute against Nottingham Forest, Conte had every faith that the teenager wouldn`t let him down.

And that proved to be the case with Ampadu giving a polished performance in the heart of the midfield.

In making his first start, Ampadu also became the first player, born in 2000, to play for Chelsea.

But Ampadu is no ordinary teenager, this is the lad that made his first-team debut for Exeter City when he as aged just 15 years and 331 days.

Somebody who knows the youngster well, his former manager at Exeter City, Paul Tisdale, is of the opinion that Ampadu will succeed at Chelsea, remarking to the media,

‘He’s highly-motivated and we think he’ll do really well.

‘We’re very proud of him making his first start for Chelsea in a first-team fixture.

‘We’ve heard about his progress in the last two or three months, so to hear he’s been selected, played really well, played 90 minutes, we’re delighted for him – but we’re not surprised, he’s very talented.’


As well as making his Chelsea full debut this season, Ampadu has also been called up to the senior Welsh squad by Chris Coleman, remarkable progress for somebody who Chelsea have yet to agree a fee for with Exeter City.

 
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