A selection of Leeds supporters on Reddit have been discussing a potential move for Wales defender Ethan Ampadu, after Chelsea boss Frank Lampard confirmed the teenager is likely to leave the Pensioners on loan this summer.
Lampard has returned to Stamford Bridge as Maurizio Sarri’s successor, having impressed Blues chiefs with his work at Derby County last season, and one of his first tasks as the new head coach in South West London has been deciding the future of the centre-backs at the club, given they are under a two-window transfer ban.
But Ampadu will likely not be given a chance at Stamford Bridge next season, and has already been omitted from the club’s pre-season tour of Japan, whilst Aston Villa and several other sides are reportedly showing an interest in a temporary deal.
Lampard has confirmed that he will not stand in the defender’s way should a suitable loan destination appear on Chelsea’s radar, given the 18-year-old only featured five times under Sarri last season, but signed a new five-year deal in September and represented Wales six times since the start of the 2018/19 term.
The £9million-rated defender is also capable of playing in defensive midfield, which some Whites supporters feel makes Ampadu an interesting player for Marcelo Bielsa and Victor Orta to target, as he could provide more than adequate cover for Kalvin Phillips, while also boosting our depleted centre-half ranks.
Whether Lampard would be willing to do business with us after the ‘Spygate’ drama is another matter, and whether the teenager would be willing to take up a rotational role in the second-tier while Premier League clubs are thought to be interested would also prove to be key to any potential deal.
Here is what these Leeds supporters had to say after one United fan suggested he would love to see Ampadu lining up in White at Elland Road…