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Midfielder blames a lack of ‘opportunity’ as reason behind failed Chelsea stint

The Chelsea fans in the Transfer Tavern think that, under Antonio Conte, things are changing at Stamford Bridge…

In the past, young players have struggled to get much of a chance in the Chelsea first team – but under Conte, the likes of Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Nathaniel Chalobah and Ola Aina are all more or less fully fledged members of the Blues’ first team.

However, one player that was not privy to the change – having left Chelsea in 2015 – is Josh McEachran, who was once touted as a future star. After struggling for game time at Chelsea, McEachran left the club – and he now finds himself as Brentford.

Now, several years after the fact, McEachran has spoken to the Daily Mail – and revealed that he thinks he didn’t succeed at Stamford Bridge because of a lack of ‘opportunity’.

McEachran said: “At 17 or 18, I was good enough to play for Chelsea. I still think I could play for Chelsea”.

He continued: “It’s just about the opportunity. You need confidence. I had that with Carlo [Ancelotti]”.

McEachran was also unfortunate with timing, with the managerial door swinging a number of times after Ancelotti’s departure – with Mourinho the manager to eventually move McEachran on.

McEachran’s story is one that has been repeated a number of times over since he left the club, with the likes of Lucas Piazon and Gael Kakuta a few of the latest players not to live up to their potential.

With Antonio Conte, times could very well be changing – but it is up to the Italian to ensure that, unlike Josh, the next round of Chelsea’s young players are given a chance.

Chelsea fans – thoughts?

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