Fabio Capello recently stated that he believes young Chelsea star Josh McEachran should go out on loan to aid his development. Capello believes that the development of young English stars could really suffer if they receive a lack of top flight exposure due to limited opportunities at their Premier League sides. Is it really Capello’s place to say this though?
He is the England manager, and obviously he wants the best possible squad, and wants the talented youngsters to move from the youth sides right through to the full international side. Capello does have a duty to look after the next generation, and nurture them so that they come through to be the next generation of England stars. So on the one hand he is correct, in trying to ensure that young English players are given enough opportunities so that they can successfully develop and become better players.
Chelsea’s Josh McEachran is a player that Capello believes needs some first team football elsewhere. Chelsea do not have a great structure for bringing through young players, in fact they haven’t brought anyone through since John Terry, which is a worry, considering the talent of young McEachran. During the Abramovich era Chelsea have bought big from outside, which has hindered the development of youth prospects, so you can see Capello’s point. There is a number of players who will be ahead of McEachran in the starting line up, even with Essien out, there is still Lampard, Ramires, Mikel, Benayoun and they have just signed Romeu also a centre midfielder.
McEachran has been given his chance in pre-season and impressed over the games, which may indicate that Chelsea are willing to give him a shot and he might get more playing action than the 9 appearances he made last season. However, this remains to be seen. Is it best if he sits on the bench at Chelsea, getting substitute appearances here and there, and playing in the Carling Cup competitions, or should he go out on loan to get more experience?
Going out on loan could make him a more accomplished player, especially if he is playing week in, week out at another Premier League side, learning the game at the highest level. It could also provide a platform for him to showcase his undoubted talents, which could see him force himself into the Chelsea side on his return. Jack Wilshere spent the last six months of the 2010 season on loan at Bolton, and on his return became a first team regular for Arsenal and an England international, so the loan process does work. England interntionals like Beckham, Terry, Ashley Cole and more all spent periods on loan during their progression and it certainly didn’t do them any harm. Some of Manchester United’s youngsters like Tom Cleverley and Danny Wellbeck excelled on loan last season and will likely play a bigger role with United in the season ahead.
Capello does have a duty as England manager to ensure that young players are not stifled at bigger clubs, and missing out on this vital time in their development as players. He needs to ensure that the future of the national team is in a good place and that the excellent prospects in this country are given a fair shot to make it. However, McEachran is Chelsea’s player and it is up to them as to what they see fit for his development. Who knows, Villas-Boas may have been so impressed with young McEachran during pre-season that he might play an even bigger role in this seasons Chelsea side than we might think, which would be great for his development. However, if he isn’t going to be playing week in week out, then Chelsea should send him out on loan, if not now then in January, for the sake of the players future and the England national side.
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