Chelsea midfielder Josh McEachran is in talks with Dutch club Vitesse Arnhem over a season-long loan move to the Eredivisie outfit. Jose Mourinho will allow the youngster to leave Stamford Bridge after falling down the pecking order.
This news comes courtesy of the Daily Mail, who claim that McEachran will become the latest Blues’ starlet to spend time at Chelsea’s Dutch partner club.
McEachran: No longer Chelsea’s bright young hope?
McEachran, who turned 21 in March, was once regarded as Chelsea’s most gifted youngster; a player who everyone at the Bridge expected to force his way into the club’s starting line-up within a few years.
The Oxford-born midfielder made a handful of Premier League appearances between 2010 and 2012, but has since been loaned out to several clubs in the Football League.
Last season he spent time with both Watford and Wigan Athletic in the Championship, but it seems that his next destination could be the Netherlands.
Vitesse: Home of Chelsea’s best young talent
Many of Chelsea’s most gifted youngsters have enjoyed spells at Vitesse over recent years.
McEachran’s teammates Wallace and Bertrand Traore are currently on loan with the Dutch club, who will be more than happy to add the England Under-21 international to their ranks as the 2014/15 Eredivisie campaign gets underway.
Vitesse finished last season in sixth position and provide youngsters with regular first-team football in a competitive and physically testing league.
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Fresh start for McEachran
The opportunity to rebuild his career in a foreign league could be just what McEachran needs at this stage of his career.
He either faces the impossible task of breaking into Chelsea’s first team if he opts to stay put, or a loan spell with another Championship club.
A change of scenery - and the chance to flourish in a new league, with a different culture - may bring out the best in this gifted player whose career has stalled in recent years.
McEachran was previously tipped as a potential England and Chelsea star, but it seems increasingly likely that he will need to cut ties with the Blues in order to get his career back on track.