As the transfer market has been set rolling it seems as if Chelsea are set to lose another player in the likes of Josh McEachran.
Josh joined Chelsea at a tender age of just eight years in 1999 and carved a niche for himself. The midfielder represented England in under-16, under-17, under-19 and under-21 competitions, however, failed to make it big at the nationals after falling down the pecking order to fellow compatriot and Everton midfielder Ross Barkley. McEachran was touted to be the next big thing at Chelsea and was supposed to break the stereotyped image of Chelsea not having good academy graduates. A player who was once thought to take reigns from Frank Lampard and carry forward the hierarchy laid by John Terry, unfortunately, crumbled, and pressure got the better out of the young man. McEachran made his debut at 17 years of age in the Champions League fixture against Slovakian side MŠK Žilina. McEachran became a huge fan favorite and was in the good books of then manager Carlo Ancelotti.
Hmm! Quite a déjà vu for Ruben Loftus Cheek and Jose Mourinho, I would say.
Ancelotti further gave McEachran 11 more chances in the Premier League in which he was subbed in for ten times. However, the following year, Ancelotti faced the axe from the Chelsea management, and Andre Villas-Boas stepped in to replace the Italian. This wasn’t a really welcome move for McEachran as opportunities for him became limited, and McEachran was shipped out on loan to Swansea and subsequently loan deals to Middleborough, Watford, Wigan and Vitesse fell into place. Currently, McEachran is 22 years old and is finding it hard to establish himself at one club. Although, it’s far from over as McEachran is still young, and maybe he might get better in his second stint a la Nemanja Matic. So, what does the future hold for McEachran?
Everton: Chelsea have been the feeder club for Everton for the past two years having loaned Belgian Romelu Lukaku and further selling him the previous season and loaning Christian Atsu. McEachran is a player who would be a good acquisition to Martinez squad and he is known to ripen the careers of young midfielders as he has done to Ross Barkley, James McCarthy and also, Tom Cleverly in the past so why not McEachran this time around?
Vitesse: His deal with Vitesse seems highly unlikely because Peter Bosz has already indicated that Chelsea might want to exercise the option of selling the young Englishman before the start of next season. Josh showed flashes of his brilliance during the latter stage of last season, but that might not be enough for him to establish himself as a regular in Peter Bosz squad!
A loan or even selling to a Championship club might be the best option right now for Josh’s future as he might be able to establish himself in a side for once. Right?
In the end, I would like to sign off just by saying that McEachran could try his luck one last time as he is into his final year of contract expiry. A final shot to make or mar his career. It has been a tough outing for the player who was compared to Wilshere or touted as the next Lampard but with more talented players like Ruben Loftus Cheek, Marco Van Ginkel, Oriol Romeu, Mario Pasalic and Nathan Ake waiting for their opportunities to arrive, I feel Josh McEachran wouldn’t be a squad member for next season. Hard to accept this but the English midfielder’s Chelsea career might be all but over!
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Edited By: Karan Dubey
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