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Wigan snap up Chelsea's forgotten man on loan

Josh McEachran has signed for the Championship outfit until the end of the season in what may prove to be a last chance saloon for the Blues midfielder.

Josh McEachran has joined Wigan Athletic on loan for the rest of the season after the Chelsea midfielder was allowed to go out and gain more first-team experience externally.

McEachran had spent the first half of the campaign on loan at Watford and now Wigan have swooped to secure the temporary services of a player once bracketed alongside the likes of Jack Wilshere as one of England's next generation of midfielders.

The 20-year-old is likely to compete with Manchester United loanee Nick Powell, also one of England's bright hopes, for a spot in the Wigan midfield, with Powell often operating behind a lone frontman or even through the middle himself on occasions.

McEachran made his Blues debut at the age of 17 but has been unable to break through into the first-team setup with numerous obstacles in his path, and has sought loan spells to prove his worth away from the club.

Swansea City was his first move away from Stamford Bridge in the 2011/2012 season, but it was at Middlesbrough the next season where he became a mainstay; making 38 appearances for the Teesside outfit.

His time at Watford was a largely frustrating one, making just five league starts and a further two appearances off the bench so the move to the DW Stadium represents something of a last chance saloon for the England U21 international.

McEachran's Chelsea career has so far yielded a mere seven starts and 15 substitute appearances.

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