Josh McEachran has ended his frustrating spell at Chelsea by signing a four-year contract with Championship side Brentford.
The former England Under-21 international once looked destined to have a bright future at Stamford Bridge, but after making his debut in September 2010, he went on to play a total of just 22 times. During his time at the club, he had a number of loan spells, most recently last season when he played 19 times for Dutch side Vitesse.
McEachran knew his chances of breaking into a Chelsea side which include the likes of Eden Hazard, Nemanja Matic, Cesc Fabregas and Oscar were limited, and he has now cut his losses and joined Brentford. And the head coach of the Bees, Marinus Dijkhuizen, has vowed to get the best out of the 22-year-old midfielder.
“Josh is a versatile midfield player who can play in a holding role and as a playmaker,” he said. “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. He has good experience of English football and will be able to fit into our playing style very quickly.”