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Chelsea's youth policy failing talented English players

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Chelsea's handling of McEachran has hampered his progress. (©GettyImages)
Chelsea's handling of McEachran has hampered his progress. (©GettyImages).

There are alarming parallels that can be drawn between Jack Wilshere and Josh McEachran - both are technically gifted players that command the centre of midfield and both rose through the youth ranks at their respective clubs showing all the signs of becoming first team players.

For one player that is a reality; Jack Wilshere is currently a full England international, playing an intrinsic role in Arsenal's first team.

For the other however, he could well feel aggrieved at the handling he has received from his club. Constantly farmed out on loan from Chelsea, to Swansea, to Middlesbrough and Watford have led his career to a dead end.

Realistically, there is now only a negligible chance that McEachran will ever break into the Chelsea first team. A player that promised so much has been failed by the Blues, and this cannot continue. If it does, then it may start having an effect on England's national team. 

Chelsea's recent record of integrating British youth team players into their first team is disgraceful. Apart from the emergence of Ryan Bertrand, the club have failed to inject any players of note from their youth academy into their first team dating back to John Terry.

Compare this to Arsenal, who have produced Wilshere, Kieran Gibbs and Ashely Cole for England's national team. It is clear that Chelsea are doing something fundamentally wrong with their youth.

Undoubtedly, the talent has been there. Take McEachran or Nathaniel Chalobah for example - supremely talented central midfielders but forced out on loan whilst foreign talents are purchased for vast sums of money, making their chances of success at Chelsea increasingly slim.

If Greg Dyke really wants to reform English football he has to tackle clubs such as Chelsea; he has to convince them to trust their young British players instead of spending excessive amounts on foreign talent.

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Josh McEachran
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