Chelsea’s Josh McEachran discusses his 'perfect' Vitesse loan deal

Josh McEachran is currently on loan at Vitesse Arnhem from Chelsea.

The 21-year-old has made 15 appearances for the Eredivise side this season, and he has commented on his spell in the Netherlands to the Daily Mail.

Heralded as the next big thing in English football when he broke onto the scene in 2011, the midfielder has failed to build on that early promise, and has never looked like receiving another chance at Stamford Bridge since Carlo Ancelotti left the club.

He had poor loan spells with Swansea City, Watford and Wigan Athletic, as well as a mediocre time with Middlesbrough, before returning to West London at the start of this season, and immediately being shipped out to Vitesse until the end of the season.

Alongside some other Chelsea youth prospects, the England Under-21 international has played an important role in Peter Bosz’s side who sit just below mid-table in the Eredivisie. McEachran has yet to score a goal or register an assist this term, but he looks on his way to reaching the 30-game mark, and, considering how little football he has played in recent seasons, there is a real belief that his career can finally get back on track.

Having been thrust into the limelight as a 17-year-old during his debut season with the Blues, McEachran is enduring a different type of experience in the Netherlands, and he has spoken on the benefits of turning out for Vitesse, where he is able to focus upon himself without the intense media focus.

Speaking to the Daily Mail, the youngster said: “It was hard at first in a different country with no-one around me. I missed most of pre-season because I was injured and didn’t arrive as fit as I should have. I was struggling with my ankle. So, I needed time to catch up. Then I got fit and injured my ankle again, so then I went back to Chelsea for about a month.

“The lads and the staff here have been great. I’ve been doing extra work with the sports science people, getting in the gym after training.

“I feel as fit as I’ve ever been. I feel I’m heading in the right direction.

“The way Vitesse play is perfect for me, through the midfield. I feel good. I just need to keep it. I need to be able to last 90 minutes.”

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