Mason Mount’s successes this season just make Ethan Ampadu’s disappointments all the more acute.
Of course Ethan wouldn’t be scoring hattricks like Mason did at the weekend for Derby against Bolton, but he would have been playing week in week out had he joined his Chelsea colleague with Frank Lampard in the midlands.
Lampard has been quoted as saying he wanted him, and it was only Chelsea’s insistence that the Wales international stayed that stopped him going.
He’s been stuck on the bench all season, having barely played a minute under Maurizio Sarri since the preseason. This is a huge blow to Ampadu at a vital moment in his career.
There will be big questions this summer about what to do with the versatile and talented former Exeter player, given he can’t afford a second season without football.