Still just 21-years-old, McEachran burst onto the scene at Stamford Bridge as a highly-rated midfielder under Carlo Ancelotti, making 17 appearances in all competitions in his debut season. Having made his debut as a substitute in the Champions League in 2010, McEachran was almost always included in matchday squads, but he failed to build on that season following the sacking of Ancelotti.
Andre Villas-Boas’s arrival saw him make just five appearances the following campaign, and he left Stamford Bridge in the second half of the season to sign on loan with Swansea City. He played just five times for the Welsh club, before spending the following season with Middlesbrough in the Championship. He looked to be getting back on track with 38 games to his name, but the following season returned to its previous disaster, with just 19 games played on two separate loan spells with Watford and then Wigan.
With first-team opportunities still looking limited at Stamford Bridge this season, it came as no surprise to see McEachran sign a season-long loan deal with Chelsea’s sister team Vitesse, and it looks as if his career has started to regain some normality. With 15 games under his belt so far, one might suspect that the midfielder will reach the 30-game mark, and head coach Peter Bosz has been speaking to the Daily Mail to praise the youngster.
He said: “He’s a quiet boy, with a good attitude and everybody loves him. I’m sure he’s been affected by what’s happened to him.
“There’s a lot of attention from the press and the fans and it changes you. It’s normal. Under Ancelotti he was playing, he was important; he was seen as a big talent. Then, Villas-Boas wanted adult players in those positions, like Ramires. Josh was pushed to the side and his levels dropped. That happens with young players.
“It’s a question of how quickly you come out of that period. For him, that period has been really long.
“But he says he is happy here and feels accepted. I hope the way up is from now on. I cannot do it for him, but I can help. That’s why I’m a coach.”
Bosz’s words suggest that the coach believes McEachran can work his way back into the Chelsea team, and considering he is just 21-years-old, there is still plenty of time for him to make an impression on his boyhood club.