Platinum One’s Ethan Ampadu made his first competitive start for Chelsea last night, playing 90 minutes in the Blues’ 2-1 win over Everton in the EFL Cup.
Having come on as a substitute in the previous round against Nottingham Forest, Ethan partnered England international Danny Drinkwater in central midfield, putting in an assured display.
On the night on which he became the first player born in the year 2000 to start for the Blues, he played with a composure and intelligence that belied his tender age.
Manager Antonio Conte was impressed with Ethan’s performance, saying:
“Everton is a good team and they have just changed the coach, and usually in this type of situation the players want to try to give more, no? For this reason this game was very dangerous for us.
“But I’m very happy because tonight I saw a lot of positive things, above all the young players’ performance. I think tonight Charly Musonda and Kenedy and [Ethan] Ampadu, don’t forget he is only 17 years old, I think they played a good game.