Having broken onto the scene as a 17-year-old under Carlo Ancelotti, McEachran’s development has since stalled, and he has struggled to find consistent football since the start of the 2011/12 season. A loan spell with Middlesbrough allowed him to enjoy his most productive spell, but Watford and Wigan did little for his development, and the young midfielder is seemingly re-starting his career whilst now playing with Vitesse.
The England Under-21 international has managed a respectable 15 performances so far this campaign in a side containing a number of fellow Chelsea youngsters, and, although a route into the Blues first-team looks increasingly hard at this moment in time - with Cesc Fabregas and Nemanja Matic excelling in the central midfield positions - McEachran still has hopes that his loan spell makes him a regular at Stamford Bridge.
Speaking to the Daily Mail, the youngster outlined the fact that he is still only 21-years-old, leaving him plenty of time to still have an influence on Jose Mourinho’s team selection when the opportunity arises.
“I just want to get back to that [Chelsea],” he said. “And I’m working hard to get back to that. There’s no reason to think I can’t. So many players in the Premier League fulfil their potential at 24 or 25. I’m only 21.
“Even in Holland where teams are very young I’m one of the youngest. People forget, when I first came in, I was 17 and I was at one of the biggest clubs in the world, with all this expectation. That’s still my dream, to play for Chelsea.”
Having been brought into Ancelotti’s squad at such a young age, McEachran became the first player born after the creation of the Champions League to make an appearance in the competition, and he was the centre of attention for months, being touted as the future of both Chelsea and England. He has admitted that it changed his life, but there is an indication that it was a positive change, and one that he wants to find again later in his career.
He added: “It happened so quickly. I went from playing at Cobham for the youth team to all of a sudden playing in the Champions League. It all changes. So it was a bit crazy and there was pressure, but I loved it, to be honest. It was a good feeling.”