Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder has backed versatile loanee Ethan Ampadu to play a key role as a holding midfielder for the Blades this season, revealing that Chelsea boss Frank Lampard views that as Ampadu's best position.
The Welsh international made his first three appearances for Sheffield United as a centre-back but, after John Fleck suffered an injury, Ampadu was moved into midfield alongside Sander Berge.
Now, with John Lundstram's future at the club in doubt after he decided against signing a new contract, it seems as though Ampadu will feature in the centre of the park more often.
Asked about Ampadu's display in the role against Liverpool, Wilder said: "The game has moved on, you have to be so mobile as a professional footballer now.
"Mobility is a key word that everybody uses because of the mobility and athleticism in other teams, so I believe that was the right formation for us – obviously we changed it when we really had to go for it second half.
"The game does become a bit stretched but when you’ve got the likes of Sander and Ethan, the way they get about the park, it gives you a little bit more security.
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"I thought Ethan’s performance was outstanding. I know the manager at Chelsea sees him as a sitting midfield player.
"He obviously played at right centre-half at Leipzig and in the middle of a back three as well in his time there, so they saw him in that position.
"But I thought both of them were outstanding last Saturday night [in midfield]. But mobility really is key.
"They’ve got to be able to handle the football, they’ve got to be able to tactically put themselves in good positions – which they both did for a young age.
"They’re both learners, they’re both very enthusiastic about learning, about getting better, they’ve got a huge appetite for that.
"But the game is moving on and it is a mobile game and players have to get about the park, and we’ve certainly got players that can do that and certainly those two possess those qualities."
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