In our look at the latest Chelsea-related news stories from the media, Wales manager Ryan Giggs expresses concern over Ethan Ampadu's progress on loan at RB Leipzig, Fikayo Tomori talks about studying for a business management degree and Mason Mount is ranked as one of the top players in the Europe under the age of 21.
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Giggs concerned with Ampadu’s progress
Wales manager Ryan Giggs has admitted he has real concerns over Ethan Ampadu's progress on loan at RB Leipzig with the youngster yet to appear in a competitive game for the German side, WalesOnline reports.
The 19-year-old was sent by Chelsea to Leipzig on a season-long loan with the view to him earning the game time needed to aid his development, but he has yet to come off the bench for the Bundesliga outfit.
Giggs plans to discuss the matter with Leipzig when he travels to Germany after Wales’ Euro 2020 qualifiers against Slovakia and Wales.
‘It's a concern because Ethan is at the age now where he needs to play,’ said Giggs in a press conference ahead of tonight’s match against Slovakia.
‘I'm going to go and see Ethan after this camp because obviously the Red Bull model is an interesting one. But I will have a conversation about his progress.
‘He’s had a few problems there injury-wise, nothing serious but little aches and pains.
‘The last few camps he’s looked so much better in training. He is such a talent it’s hard to ignore. But it’s very difficult for him to play 90 minutes and back-to-back games, because he’s not had the minutes.’
Tomori studying for business degree
The Evening Standard reports Fikayo Tomori is putting in time after training to hit the books as he works towards earning a business management degree.
Speaking to the media after being called up to the England national team for the first time, the 21-year-old defender revealed his studious nature away from the pitch.
‘Football is not going to go on forever,’ said Tomori. ‘When I retire — or God forbid I get an injury — then I have something I’m working towards and that can stand me in good stead for the future. I’m reading leadership in business, that’s the current topic.
‘I spend maybe about eight to 10 hours a week, something like that. I’m reading all the time, trying to learn new things. I haven’t got the books [with me] but I can do it online, so I can see whatever I need to see on there.
‘I’ve had a little look at my books. Obviously, it’s the first few days [of the England camp], so I’ve tried not to look at that too much and be focused on the football. But when I do have free time, I can look at them.’
But while he prefers studying to playing video games, Tomori insists he still has time to bond with his team-mates.
“I’m not really much of a gamer, I let them get on with it, but there’s a lot of FIFA and Fortnite going on,’ he added.
‘We’re also talking about football, life, everything. It helps me feel more relaxed. It’s bonding. You can talk to each other, get to know each other, see people’s personalities.
‘It’s good because you get to know someone and that can translate onto the pitch. Those times away from the pitch are just important as on the pitch.’
Mount ranks high on wonderkids list
Mason Mount has been ranked fourth by TalkSport in a listing of the best young players in Europe’s top leagues.
Utilising stats from WhoScored.com, the broadcasters drew up a list of the best 15 players under the age of 21 who are at top flight clubs in England, Spain, Germany, France and Italy.
Mount finished behind top-ranked Jadon Sancho of Borussia Dortmund, second-placed Victor Osimhen of Lille and third-placed Martin Odegaard of Real Sociedad, but he was ranked as the top youngster in the Premier League, ahead of Trent Alexander-Arnold of Liverpool in fifth place.
‘Not only has he registered four goals already this campaign but his creative talents have gone unrewarded with no assists despite UnderStat.com crediting him with an expected assists number of 1.23,’ stated the TalkSport report.
‘His ability to play on both the left flank and in an attacking midfield role has given Frank Lampard plenty to think about.’