By Peter Lynch

4th Oct, 2023 | 5:10pm

Journalist wowed by ‘key figure’ Ethan Ampadu, player has ‘quickly established himself’ at Leeds United

Ethan Ampadu has “quickly established himself” at Leeds United following his summer move, according to The Yorkshire Post’s Stuart Rayner.

As per the official Leeds website (19 July), the Wales international was the club’s first signing of the transfer window.

Ampadu joined the West Yorkshire outfit from Premier League giants Chelsea, penning a four-year deal at Elland Road.

The 23-year-old midfielder has made 11 appearances in all competitions this season under Whites manager Daniel Farke.

“Ampadu has quickly established himself as a key figure at Elland Road after his summer move from Chelsea,” Rayner wrote for The Yorkshire Post.

Star man

Not all of Leeds transfers have worked out in recent years, with many players having already left after their relegation from the Premier League last season, either temporarily or permanently.

But summe recruit Ampadu has been a revelation at Elland Road, with the talented player able to operate in both defence and midfield.

It is the latter area where he has particularly shone under Farke, forming an impressive partnership with youngster Archie Gray.

At 23, Ampadu is also very young, but he has used all of his maturity and experience in his wonderful career so far to help guide Gray.

Unlike Gray, however, who understandably has been rested at times, the Wales international has played every minute possible in all competitions this season, which involves nine Championship matches and two League Cup games.

The huge number of minutes played already shows just how much Farke needs and relies on Ampadu, who will continue to be a key player as the months go on.

In other Leeds United news, Farke is “totally convinced” that one “unbelievable” Whites player can improve.