A sign of things to come?
Hopefully that’s the case when it comes to the signing of Ethan Ampadu for Sheffield United.
Speaking to the club website upon his arrival, Blades boss Chris Wilder talked about how the club have been seeking his signature for some time, and gave a little bit of a hint as to what we can expect from him this upcoming campaign:
“Ethan is an outstanding young player for Chelsea, and we’ve worked really hard to get his signature for the season. It’s an important season for Ethan and playing in the Premier League for us is a good move for everyone. He brings a lot of qualities to the group and he’s someone we’ve tracked for two or three seasons.”
How many points will we get in our first ten games?
More than 15
15 or less
I find it interesting that he mentions how important this season is for Ampadu, because in my mind that would indicate he’s going to be a regular in this side, and I hope that is the case. One thing that has held Ampadu back in recent seasons has been his lack of game time, especially last season at RB Leipzig.
I spoke the other day when we were in the closing stages of signing him that he needs to play on a regular basis, and hopefully Wilder will be able to provide him that at Bramall Lane, because when he plays he very rarely lets you down.
So he’s going to need to play not just for his own benefit so that he can develop, but also for our benefit as well, because every minute he spends on the bench is a minute that we are going to miss out on his skills helping us out.