The Chelsea exodus continues it would seem, as young midfielder Josh McEachran has confirmed via Twitter that he is moving to Holland on loan.
The 21-year-old will ply his trade at Vitesse Arnhem in order to continue his development, alongside teammates Bertrand Traore and Lucas Piazon. McEachran has been tipped for big things in the future, but Jose Mourinho is all too aware that he will need regular game-time to ensure that his potential is maximised.
The midfielder follows in the footsteps of Christian Atsu and Patrick van Aanholt, who both spent last term with the Dutch outfit, and will be hoping to impress Mourinho enough to earn himself a place in the first-team squad as of next year.
McEachran can take solace from the case of Thibaut Courtois, who was sent to Atletico Madrid on loan three years ago. Since then the Belgian has grown from strength to strength, and his last season in La Liga resulted in him lifting the Spanish title, as well as coming within a whisker of winning the Champions League.
Courtois is now firmly in Mourinho's plans moving forward, which offers hope to the host of promising stars currently on the Blues' books playing elsewhere on the continent.
Mourinho or Cech?
Meanwhile The Special One has a conundrum of his own to work around, as he deliberates whether or not Petr Cech or Thibaut Courtois will be his No.1 ‘keeper moving forward.
Neither man is happy to sit on the bench, which means one or the other could leave if they’re forced to play second fiddle, and it’s even been claimed that Courtois will demand showdown talks with Mourinho if he loses out.
Ahead of tonight’s fixture with Burnley the Blues boss has offered no indication as to who will be standing in between the sticks, though his decision will have ramifications either way.
On the one hand he has the tried and trusted head of Cech, who has been Chelsea’s first-choice for the past decade, and on the other he has the exuberance and fine form of Courtois, fresh from his incredible loan spell at Atletico Madrid. Mourinho may bill it as healthy choice to have, but it’s certainly a decision few managers would relish having to make.
For although the chances favour the Chelsea coach having a world-class 'keeper regardless of the situation, the pressure on him making the right call is phenomenal. Should he opt for Courtois only to see the youngster experience a dip in form when Cech is sold then he will be held accountable, just as he would were it the other way around.