fi­nal third

Tis plays it cool over Ethan

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO -

EX­ETER boss Paul Tisdale has called for pa­tience as the hype builds around teenage de­fender Ethan Am­padu.

The 15-year-old be­came the Gre­cians’ youngest-ever player last month when he made his de­but in their EFL Cup win over Brent­ford and had an­other run-out in mid­week in the 4-2 Check­a­trade Tro­phy de­feat at Ox­ford United.

The son of for­mer Swansea and Ex­eter mid­fielder Kwame Am­padu, the young­ster has rep­re­sented Wales at U16 level but is el­i­gi­ble for Eng­land as well.

The teenager will now re­turn to school af­ter sum­mer train­ing with the first team but, with a few in­juries in de­fence, Tisdale might have to call on his ser­vices again.

“He’s played par­tic­u­larly well, but we can’t ex­pect him to keep play­ing game af­ter game,” said Tisdale. “He’s got a lot of ex­pec­ta­tion but we’ve got to be care­ful.

“His fam­ily are very sup­port­ive in terms of al­low­ing us to make the right de­ci­sion for Ethan at the right time.

“There’s no right way to do this, you’ve just got to talk and com­mu­ni­cate and deal with each other in the right way.”

Tisdale, 43, was on the bench for in­jury-hit Ex­eter at Ox­ford in mid­week, but didn’t come on.

Wy­combe boss Gareth Ainsworth, 43, did play. He came on with five min­utes left and set up the fi­nal goal in his side’s 3-0 win at Northamp­ton.

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