Chelsea confirm departure of youngster
Chelsea Football Club have confirmed that Josh McEachran has joined Championship side Brentford on a permanent basis.
The midfielder was tipped for greatness during his younger days, but after several loan spells away from Stamford Bridge, he never managed to break into the first-team in West London.
McEachran‘s debut came back in 2010, when he was just 17-years-old, but he failed to break into the first-team on a regular basis under several managers at the club.
During his Chelsea career, the midfielder only managed to make 22 senior appearances and spent all of last season on loan with Vitesse Arnhem.
Chelsea said the following on their official website: “Chelsea Football Club thanks Josh for his service and wishes him the very best of luck for the future.”
Marinus Dijkhuizen, Brentford Head Coach, said: “Josh is a versatile midfield player who can play in a holding role and as a playmaker. He was a big talent at Chelsea and now I look forward to working with him and our coaching staff in order to take Josh on to the next level.
“Although he played at Vitesse last season, he has good experience of English football and will be able to fit into our playing style very quickly.”
The 22-year-old has signed a four-year contract after passing a medical at the Championship club.
Phil Giles, Brentford FC Co-Director of Football, said: “Josh is a player who our scouting team followed closely during the second half of last season. We quickly recommended him to Marinus, who of course knew Josh from his time in Dutch football and was quick to add his agreement to the discussion to proceed with the transfer.
“We are sure Josh can continue to develop and that, at 22, he still has many great seasons ahead of him. We welcome him to Brentford and to pre-season training in Portugal.”
Written by Alex Batt – @AlexBatt