Chelsea star ends 15 year career with the Blues to move away for new challenge

Nikhil Deshpande / 06 July 2015

English Champions Chelsea are close to wrapping up a deal with English club Brentford which will have Josh McEachran end his 15-year career with the Premier League champions as he looks to revive what seemed like a very promising career few years ago for the Italian youngster.

Josh played an important role in the England Under-17’s victory at the 2010 European Championship in 2010 and is the last of the remaining members still at the club of the Chelsea team who won the 2010 FA Youth Cup. The manager by back, Carlo Ancelotti, though of Jose very highly and said that he is a homegrown talent with the enormous potential to become a regular starter for the first team at Chelsea.

The Italian handed got his main-team debut at the Champions League at a tender age of just 17. Josh made 17 appearances in that season of 2010-11 which was also Carlo Ancelotti’s last season at Chelsea.

At the age of 18, McEachran signed a new 5-year contract which was around the £2m per season mark. But things just did not turn out to match that kind of value estimated by Chelsea regarding the player as managers after Carlo did not see the same spark in the player as Carlo apparently did.

His last appearance for the main team at Chelsea was a minor 6-minute cameo which came under former manager André Villas-Boas against Wolves on 2nd January way back in 2012.

This was followed by a series of loan spells for the youngster in the upcoming seasons. Josh has 13 caps for England Under-21s and having progressed through the national ranks from under-16 level he seemed like fairly under-used by Brendan Rodgers at Swansea, while a year at Middlesbrough in the Championship started brightly but faded.

He returned to the second tier with Watford and Wigan in 2013-14 before spending last term at Vitesse Arnhem, who have taken a number of Chelsea players on loan in recent years. The Dutch club’s manager, Peter Bosz, helped devise a personal programme for the 22-year-old to boost his fitness, and there were 21 appearances last season. Bosz confirmed last week that Vitesse would not be retaining the midfielder as Chelsea intended to sell him.

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