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WALES WATCH: RAMSEY’S ON FIRE, AMPADU’S STAR RISES AND IS MEPHAM THE NEW ASHLEY WILLLIAMS?

Aaron Ramsey
Ramsey has a tough time from Arsenal fans but even they can’t whinge after a hat-trick against Everton – Credit: Flickr/Wonker

Wales Watch is our regular take on how Welsh players and teams are getting on. We’ve tried to kill it off a number of times but Lauro keeps slipping it back in!

So this week we reluctantly let Lauro take a look at Aaron Ramsey’s resurgence at Arsenal, Ethan Ampadu purring like a kitten at Chelsea, and Lauro’s new hot tip to replace Ashley Williams in the long term.

First off…

Rambo Strikes:

In only his second start after injury in December, and with all the focus on Arsenal’s record signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and debut boy Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Aaron Ramsey grabbed the headlines in the 5-1 thumping of Everton at the Emirates.

“Great night for me personally and a brilliant response from the team” – Aaron Ramsey.

The first hat-trick of his senior career, according to many. I’ve had no time to stand that up but lets go with it. (Ed – It’s fine Lauro, we checked for you).

Arsene Wenger says Ramsey’s now adding a coolness to his finishing which he has apparently been working hard on.

Now, as it seems with many of our heroes, there’s quite often not a great deal of love for Rambo from Arsenal’s keyboard warriors. Piers Morgan and Ramsey certainly not on friendly terms. Well here’s a stat for you Piers:

“No player has been involved in more goals for Arsenal this season than Ramsey (12).” Arsenal Fan TV

Let’s hope he now has a clean bill of health for the remainder of the season and we see him working his magic under new Wales boss Ryan Giggs in China.

Ethan Ampadooooooooo:

It’s hard not to get too excited about Ethan Ampadu isn’t it? And he’s still not old enough legally drink!

As I was quoted in the last article, (feel free to check it out here while you’re here), he looks like a Rolls Royce of a player.

When I see Van Dijk performing for Liverpool it makes me think of what we could see from Ethan as he gets older. Tall, physical and with an unerring ability to read the game.

Trusted in Carabao Cup, FA Cup and even making his Premier League debut away at Huddersfield this season, Ampadu is unlucky not to be Chelsea’s Champions League squad for the rest of the competition.

But Ethan makes into Wales Watch thanks to this beauty of a strike in training at Chelsea.

Check out the quality of the players he’s involved with day to day. I tell ya, try not to get too excited! Especially as his best position has not even been nailed down yet.

But, in stark contrast to how they usually manage young players, Chelsea have given Ampadu a really great structure to develop this season. Unlike our “friend” Jurgen has done with Ben Woodburn, Harry Wilson and, most of all, Danny Ward.

Chris Mepham:

Plenty of debate on Twitter among the Welsh fraternity over the future of Wales defence, which is why Brentford’s Mepham is my third and final piece of Wales Watch.

Mepham’s made huge strides in the past couple of years, indeed in the last few months alone. His own team mate at Griffin park Yoann Barbet agrees quite strongly!

Born in London but called into the Toulon squad he played in the tournament, then stepped up to the U21s where he’s put in several good performances.

Since mid-December the 20-year-old’s nailed down a 1st team spot at Brentford, seen a 5-million bid from Bournemouth turned down by his club, signed a 5-year contract and, for me, is worth taking a look at in the China Cup squad (*cough* Ryan Giggs *cough*).

Ok, ignore the fact his side were thumped 3-0 by Derby at the weekend, it was more down to a first half red card.

And there you have it. Wales Watch 1 – done.

Let me know your thoughts below. Praise for Rambo? Is Ampadu a centre-back or midfielder? Do we need to worry about that?! And is Mepham Ashley William’s heir?

Talking of Ash … after Rambo’s hat-trick … I think he’ll put in an appearance in next week’s Wales Watch!

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