It has been stated for some time that Josh McEachran will be a great player when he fills out.
I don`t agree that it is the physical side of his game that needs to develop most Josh’s lack of first team football is not purely physical. He had no problems 18 months ago against Marseille. It is my opinion that Josh just needs to develop more passion for the game.
Players of his type need to have an edge a desire to be involved, talent and a football brain are not enough. The fact is that Swansea were safe and yet Brendan Rodgers did not play him and made the excuse for Josh’s sake, saying that it was a good experience for the kid to be away from home.
In the youth team Josh did not have to demand the ball, he got it because he grew up with that team and they knew that if the kept giving him the ball he would use it to cut through teams and create chances. When I first saw him live as a youth cup player I was shouting his name from the rooftops, it was like seeing Hudson re-born.
Three years on he has made little progress and that really saddens me. The last manager was so arrogant he was only ever going to play the young player he brought in, Romeu, so Josh had to get a loan and was unlucky to be going as cover for a really well performing midfield, but it was his performance for the England under 21 ones that really disappointed me.
Stuart` hoofball` Pearce picked him as the no 10 and then just got his central defenders to whack diagonals over midfield with bellows of ‘hit the channels’ Given all that I was sorry for Josh but whereas the far less talented Jordan Henderson began to demand the football, off the back four, and show some effort Josh seemed happy enough not to get the ball and became invisible.
I am not writing this to knock a fine young Chelsea talent I really want to see him as part of our blue revolution. So come on Josh if you`re a quiet shy person off the pitch, fine so is Messi, but on it you have to be a winner, no one gives you anything in this game, if you want to get in a first team you have to be talented but you have to want it more than the next player.
Make next season your year whether here or on loan and if you do, ask for a loan deal in Spain or France where your type of game is cherished and you can regain the confidence you showed at seventeen.
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