Date: 19th December 2018 at 7:00am
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It’s not exactly a fresh rumour, but Aston Villa are again being linked with a move for talented and highly rated versatile Chelsea man Ethan Ampadu.

The Mirror seem to have dusted off their archives again as they went in search of some quick content and as these things tend to do in the modern age, it again gained some traction on social media as fans debated the pros and cons of such a deal.

I make no comments about the centre-half/defensive midfielder’s quality other than I guess everyone knows his brief history. A 15-year-old debutant for Exeter City and went on to make 13 appearances before Chelsea snapped him up in the summer of 2017. The 18-year-old now has nine senior appearances for the Stamford Bridge outfit, with a further five Under 23 showings in the EFL Trophy and he’s been capped six times by Wales at international level.

It’s a quick and easy link for Villa in the press (leans on John Terry and Tammy Abraham loan mainly) and there are those fans who like the idea.

But it would only be a loan deal, so I see absolutely no sense in it at all. I very much doubt it would be a cheap deal, I doubt given how rated he is there would be the possibility of a permanent deal – so where’s the future for us.

We knew what Abraham could do, and yes, Axel Tuanzebe has finally come good for us and Dean Smith but do we really want to be taking a risk with another loanee, letting them make mistakes with us to the benefit of their parent club, why not blood our own.

Just because he’s on Chelsea’s books and by virtue, becomes the next best thing since…his experience isn’t that greater than Mitch Clark and yes we can argue quality of opposition, but he’s played two games this year, so wouldn’t even come in with great form before him.

Hopefully, Smith will avoid supposed quick fixes and flavours of the month.

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