Chelsea linked with unlikely swoop for former midfielder

Date published: Friday 6th May 2016 1:12

Josh McEachran: Move back to Chelsea mentioned in media

Chelsea are being linked with an unlikely deal to re-sign a former midfielder who they sold just last summer.

Josh McEachran departed Stamford Bridge in July 2015 to fellow West London club Brentford, having been with the Blues since 2001 as a youth player.

The 23-year-old has featured in just 14 Championship games for the Bees this season having had foot problems, but that hasn’t stopped the London Evening Standard bizarrely reporting that Chelsea are keeping tabs on the player for a possible reunion.

He broke into Chelsea’s first team in 2010-11, making 17 appearances that season under Carlo Ancelotti, but has since been on loan at Swansea, Middlesbrough, Watford, Wigan and Vitesse.

The fee Brentford paid was reportedly around £750,000 and coach Dean Smith denied any knowledge of links with a return to Chelsea.

“I have heard nothing at all about this” a surprised Smith told the media. “Is that to help him with his treatment? I’m not aware of any buyback clause either”

“Josh and Alan Judge will be in during the summer anyway for their rehab.

“They can have a couple of weeks holiday, of course they can, but we’ll fit it in with the timing of the medical department.”

In an interview with Sportsmole earlier this season, McEachran reflected on his career so far, including a loan spell abroad.

“I really enjoyed going over to Holland. Moving country was a big ask for me because not many young English players do it, but I’d recommend others to do it because I learnt a lot, both culturally and on the pitch as well.

“It’s not as demanding as the English lower leagues. It’s much more technical and there’s only one game a week most of the time, whereas in leagues like the Championship you often have two or even three.

“There’s not enough young players going out and trying other leagues. If there’s an option to go to a top-league club in another country, I’d definitely give it a go over a League One or League Two team.

“There’s not enough young players going out and trying other leagues. If there’s an option to go to a top-league club in another country, I’d definitely give it a go over a League One or League Two team.”

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