April 18, 2024

After three challenging years playing as a defender in Sheffield United and Italy, Dan James of Leeds United says that Welshman Ethan Ampadu is flourishing in central midfield at Leeds United.


Since joining Leeds in the summer, 23-year-old Ampadu has appeared in every minute of the team’s 21 games as a midfielder. An amazing run of form for the Welshman, who has mostly maintained consistency throughout.


It follows four straight loan stints, the last two of which were in Italy, at RB Leipzig, Sheffield United, Verona, and then Spezia. Ampadu had a difficult time getting into the game at Leipzig, making only seven appearances.

Ampadu was more of a central defender or a member of a back three at Bramall Lane and during his two years in Italy than in his apparent position as a midfielder. James talked to Leeds’ BBC Radio.

“I believe Ethan spent three years in a row playing centre back, but this year he’s really stepped it up in midfield. He has demonstrated his excellence, and that is his standing. It also greatly benefits Wales, as well,” James remarked.


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Dan James says Leeds star Ethan Ampadu is thriving in midfield

Ampadu has been excellent for Leeds. A real leader and already a player that many are deeming a future captain. There have been games, especially in recent weeks, where maybe his form has slightly dipped.

The win over Swansea saw Ampadu struggle, before his assist for Georginio Rutter. Perhaps, it might be time for Ampadu to have a rest but there is no doubt the Welshman is a midfielder, and is in top form.

Leeds are next in action on Saturday lunchtime when we travel to Ewood Park to take on Blackburn. The mid-table side come into the game after a loss to Sheffield Wednesday, while we’ve won two in a row.

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