Josh McEachran is another tragic case of Chelsea prodigy turned flop.
The youngster made 17 appearances for the club under Carlo Ancelotti donning the deep-lying midfield role so well he earned himself the Chelsea Young Player of the Year award.
Once upon a time, before Callum Hudson-Odoi became Chelsea’s focal point, existed midfield ace Josh McEachran. The England youth international was widely anticipated to become the first player to rise through the Chelsea ranks and break into the starting XI since club legend John Terry; the stage was set, the crowd were eagerly waiting, but the main act never showed.
The youngster made 17 appearances for Chelsea under Carlo Ancelotti donning the deep-lying midfield role. His calmness on the ball, tactically astute mind and prominent passing ability gave him a very strong foundation from which he could build he fledgling career upon. By all accounts, he was a pleasure to watch in action, and all those involved in Chelsea clearly agreed, awarding him the Young Player of the Year award.
But it wasn’t to be.
In typical Chelsea fashion, the England youth international found himself cast out and shipped on loan -presumably to prove himself further. First Swansea, then Middlesbrough before a very brief stint at Watford and Wigan – all while his stock was slowly but surely decreasing.
Vitesse was the final stop before Chelsea eventually cut ties, selling him to Brentford in January 2015 for just £500,000 (as per Daily Mail).
McEachran has since opened up on his experience, slamming his former side as “probably one of the hardest if not the hardest club in the world for a young player” (The Times via the Daily Star).
“Everyone thought I was going to be the first one to come through since Terry, but it didn’t happen.
“In the past I was shipped out on loan left, right and centre but now I feel more settled, which I think has shown in my performances on the pitch.
“It’s very unsettling, particularly as a teenager when you have no family or friends around you.
“This is the first time I’ve felt the way I did when I was 17, playing every week and playing well, not just going through the motions.”
The former Chelsea man has represented Brentford on 101 occasions in all competitions and figures as a prominent player in their team, but deep down he will always be disappointed with how his career came to nothing at Stamford Bridge.