Josh McEachran is the first player born after the UEFA Champions League began in 1992 to play in the tournament but that’s not all the young player is known for. At just 17 McEachran has also been involved in the Premier League and the Carling Cup and only seems to get praise from those that know him.
Having been spotted by Chelsea at the age of eight, McEachran has worked his way through the ranks and into the first team. McEachran could be the next player to come through the youth team and then sustain a first team spot, like John Terry did. Former Chelsea player Jason Cundy watched McEachran progress through the Chelsea Academy. In the London Evening Standard he said: “I coached Josh for two years at Under 11 and Under12’s at Chelsea and he always stood out for his ability.”
It’s not just for his club that he’s been performing well; McEachran notched up 11 appearances for the England Under 17’s, scoring once and has since been called up several times for the Under 19’s. Josh’s parents are both Scottish and there were rumours in the press earlier this year that Scotland Under 21 coach Billy Stark had tried to lure McEachran to play for Scotland. Stark denied the claims but it shows how ‘in demand’ the young player is.
Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti insisted that the player stayed at Chelsea rather than going out on loan because he was someone they needed in reserve. He told The Daily Telegraph: “He can play in the first team right no without problem. He is very young but he showed fantastic ability and quality. We won’t be sending him on loan. He will stay here and play here. We now have one more player.”
Being a young talented player with so much expectation can be daunting but John Terry has taken McEachran under his wing. In the London Evening Standard he said: “I think Josh could be very good. He was with us in pre-season and I am quite close to him. He is a quiet lad but really wants to learn.” With someone like John Terry as a guide, McEachran is likely to have a good base to move forward.
With all this attention McEachran’s ego could have ballooned out of control but the young lad seems to have kept his feet firmly on the ground, he said “Last year was good for me. I didn’t perform well in early stages of Youth Cup but in the semi- final and final I picked up my game and played well.” (Official Site)
With the constant talk of Chelsea’s ageing side the hype surrounding a young talent can only prove that Chelsea do have promising talents. With experience will come confidence and McEachran may be lucky enough to make a name for himself on the Premier League scene.