Chelsea teenager Ethan Ampadu has been backed to reach the very top of the game and also become a Chelsea captain.
Ampadu, who can play as a defender and midfielder, joined Chelsea from Exeter City in the summer of 2017 and already has four caps for Wales.
The 18-year-old is yet to feature for Chelsea this season but Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri expects him to be a Chelsea star in the near future.
Cledwyn Ashford, the education and welfare officer for Wales U15s and U16s, expects Ampadu to reach the very top.
“He is a tremendous young man, one of the politest young men you’re likely to meet,” Ashford told FC Cymru.
“You remember certain players when you see them for the first time.
“Straight away you could see the excitement on the coaches’ faces and you could see he has such balance, vision.
“He’s strong and when he’s on the pitch he commands, can battle with anyone, so sophisticated how he does things, looks at things,
“Off the pitch he 100 per cent looks after himself, listens to coaches, behaves himself. He is a lovely lad.
“I’ve worked with people like the late Gary Speed, who was an outstanding player.
“I’ve worked with others who have come through the system, seen others develop, seen Aaron Ramsey at that age.
“And for me Ethan is as good if not better because he has something quite special.
“He has an ability but also an attitude and I’m sure in the future, if he’s still there he’ll become a Chelsea captain and I’m sure he’ll become a Welsh captain.
“I expect great things of Ethan Ampadu.”