This week we take a trip to Surrey, Chelsea’s Cobham training complex to take a look at the blue’s boy wonder Josh McEachran. The Oxford born midfield maestro who has recently represented England under 21’s with further international recognition sure to follow.
Progress has been accelerated for the youngster following Frank Lampard’s lengthy injury lay off. He was thrust into the first team spot-light after some impressive performances for the Reserve and Youth sides at the Bridge but, after more than holding his own in a few substitute appearances in the Champions League McEachran was unleashed from the start against MSK Zilina.
McEachran also holds a place in Champions League history after becoming the first player born after the introduction of the competition to play in it.
Many expected a loan deal to give the youngster game time at some point this season but it seems Ancelotti sees the midfield schemer as a more integral part of his plans.
Name: Josh McEachran
Born: 1st March 1993, Oxford, England
Height: 1.78m (5 ft 10 in)
Squad Number: 46
Goals Scored: 0
National: England under 21
Goals Scored: 0
Current Ability: 3/5
Potential Ability: 5/5
A definite Premier League superstar of the future, McEachran is held in the highest regard by all at Chelsea and his growing reputation is spreading along the highest echelons of English football.
With Frank Lampard’s recent return to first team action it would seem McEachran will return to reserve team duties or as suggested previously join a Championship side to gain regular first team football. If his current rate of progress is upheld it would seem that the 2011-12 season could be his real break through into the Premier League.
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