Once tipped to be the next Lampard, Chelsea youngster Josh McEachran is nearing a permanent move to Brentford, following a series of loan spells all around the country and Netherlands.
Josh McEachran, who many thought would be the next academy product to break into the first team after John Terry, failed to impress the Chelsea managers enough during his time with the Blues. McEachran joined Chelsea as an academy player when he was just seven years old, after being spotted by a scout while playing for Garden City FC in the Oxford Mail Boys League.
After making his way through the ranks, McEachran won the European Championship with the England U 17 team in 2010, along with the FA Youth Cup in the same year, playing key roles in both the tournaments. Carlo Ancelotti identified McEachran as a homegrown talent, and handed him his debut in the Champions League against MSK Zilina, making him the first player to play in the competition who was born after the UEFA Champions League started in 1992.
On 19 May 2011, McEachran won the Chelsea Young Player of the Year award, and 2 months later, signed a new 5 year deal, getting the number 20 shirt, which was previously worn by Deco. After quite a few appearances, he was loaned to Swansea City in January 2012, where he hoped to earn some game time under Brendan Rodgers, but could make only one start for the Swans.
After the disappointment at Swansea, McEachran joined Middlesborough on loan. At Boro, McEachran became a regular, forming a good partnership with fellow midfielder Grant Leadbitter. McEachran, under then Boro manager Roberto Di Matteo, made as many as 38 appearances in the Championship.
Josh McEachran then was loaned to Watford and Wigan, where he made 7 and 8 appearances respectively, failing to impress. Finally in 2014, McEachran was sent to Vitesse Arnhem on a season-long loan, where he earned a bit more time on the pitch, making 19 appearances in the Eredivisie.
At this time, Josh McEachran is thought to be surplus to Jose Mourinho’s requirements while he himself wants to play regularly at a club, instead of being loaned around by Chelsea. Consequently, McEachran is close to ending his 15-year-old relationship with Chelsea, whereby he is touted to sign for Championship outfit Brentford on a permanent basis.
Current Brentford manager Marinus Dijkhuizen is aiming to build on last season’s fifth-place finish and is keen on acquiring McEachran’s services. The club have offered him a 4-year deal, and personal terms are thought to have been agreed, with confirmation expected to be made sometime this week. McEachran last played for Chelsea under Andre Villas-Boas, in a 2-1 win against Wolves in 2012, in a 6-minute cameo.
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