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Ashley Williams tips Ethan Ampadu to succeed Gareth Bale as Wales captain

Former Swansea City and Wales defender, Ashley Williams, believes Ethan Ampadu is one of the strongest candidates to succeed Gareth Bale as Welsh captain.

Ampadu, 20, is currently enjoying a loan spell with United. Despite the miserable season the club has endured, Ampadu has got valuable playing time under his belt. That is something that will please Chelsea and Wales, of course.

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The young defender, who slots in the midfield for Wales on a regular basis, has impressed in fairness to him. At times, yes, he’s looked very much a player learning his trade but on the whole, you can see the qualities he has.

And Williams, speaking to the BBC, believes Ampadu has what it takes to succeed Gareth Bale for Wales.

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“When Gaz [Gareth Bale] retires, whenever that might be, you have got two clear candidates,” Williams said.

“They are young boys, but I think the qualities you can see early on – Joe very much on the pitch, Ethan on and off the pitch. They are very good candidates.”

Paul Heckingbottom has already sung the praises of Ampadu in recent weeks. The interim Blades boss insistent that the Chelsea starlet will fulfil his potential one way or another.

Whether that leads to him being Wales skipper, remains to be seen.

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Ampadu has probably become a bit of a victim of being in a really poor side and being singled out at times.

He’s probably made the odd mistake like all the players have this term. But in such a terrible season, us fans like to make scapegoats and the fact he isn’t our player has made him a bit of a target for some.

However, Ampadu has shown enough to suggest he’ll be fine in his career at the top level. For Wales, he’s already a regular anyway, so Williams’ call probably isn’t too far off in fairness.

We wish Ampadu all the best, and captaining Wales would be a huge honour for the youngster we’re sure.

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