Pep Clotet has stated that he wants more time before deciding whether to take Josh McEachran on for Birmingham City, as reported on the club’s official website.
The 26-year-old has been on trial with Blues for a week and played just under an hour in an U23s game against Bristol City, having been released after four years at Brentford.
The manager stated he wanted the extra time so that he can make a “proper assessment” about whether he is a good fit for Blues.
In his four years at Brentford, McEachran made 57 league starts and came on as a substitute 33 times, scoring one goal and assisting nine more, as per WhoScored.
Last season saw 19 of those starts, along with five appearances off the bench, as well as the one goal he scored in the league for the club.
When he has had the ball at his feet, McEachran has recorded an average of 0.7 key passes and 0.5 dribbles per game, while maintaining a pass success rate of 85.1%.
The Chelsea academy product added to that with the defensive work of 2 tackles, 1.1 interceptions, 0.6 clearances and 0.2 blocks per game.
Clotet has spoken about trying to get a style that Birmingham can use in every game and McEachran’s numbers with and without the ball indicate he could help achieve that.
It will certainly be interesting to see whether he is given a contract by Blues and it would be imagined a decision will come fairly soon.
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