Monday, April 12, 2021

Josh McEachran Opens up on why he couldn’t succeed at Chelsea

The 28-year-old midfielder who came through the process of the Chelsea youth has joined the League, One side team, MK Dons on a free transfer. He previously played for Birmingham City where his spell was disappointing resulting in the departure.

At just the age of seven, Chelsea scouted him.McEachran was deemed to be the next best thing and had a huge potential in him. He had a quick sprout in the youth team as he helped his team win their first FA Youth Cup in 50 years in 2010. Josh McEachran also represented his nation, England at various levels.

He idolized Zinedine Zidane, Frank Lampard and Andres Iniesta. No wonder his passing skills and vision were as good as theirs were. His love for Chelsea was so immense that he even turned down offers from Real Madrid and Manchester United.

Josh McEachran speaks on his Career

Josh was of course impressive. However, to impress someone like Carlo Ancelotti, he must have been remarkable. He got his first team exposure under the Italian coach at the age of 17. That season he made a stunning 17 appearances and could have sealed his spot had Chelsea not sacked Ancelotti.

Josh McEachran Opens up on why he couldn't succeed at Chelsea
Brentford’s Josh McEachran

Chelsea has a unique system where they do not like even the slightest failure. It can be clearly seen by the number of managers they have changed. He could not gain the trust of Andre Villas-Boas, Carlo Ancelotti’s successor, in spite of his talent. Starting that season, it was various sets of loan spells for the youngster.

“I had the chance to go to Real Madrid or Man United. Real Madrid had the contract waiting for me and they wanted all my family to fly over but I said, ‘No, I want to stay at Chelsea.’ I was a Chelsea fan.

I just believed in myself that I was going to make it. Under Carlo, when I made my debut I was saying to myself ‘Ah, that was a good choice for me to say no to Real Madrid’, but looking back now maybe I should have.”

Failed Loan Spells of McEachran

In the span of 3 years, he had featured for five clubs on loan starting with Swansea City and ending with Vitesse. Although he did have a bright start, his injury season at Watford turned out to be the turning point.

His future at Chelsea was also looking bleak with different managers who used to have different style of play. None of the managers even preferred young talents. Josh finally left his boyhood club and joined the Championship side, Brentford.

This was the club where he had the most success. He represented them for 4 years and made 90 appearances. His frequent injuries was the reason the club did not renew his contract. He then joined another Championship club, Birmingham City on a free transfer in 2019.

However, the injuries kept haunting him. He had a knee ligament injury that side lined him for a whole year. He was hardly back on his feet, as he parted ways with the club by mutual consent.

In March 2021, he joined League One Club, MK Dons on yet another free transfer with the hope of staying fit and giving his best.


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