Josh McEachran on why he left Chelsea for Brentford

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Former Chelsea midfielder Josh McEachran admits it was time for a fresh start following his permanent move away from the club this summer.

The 22-year-old has endured five loan spells since 2012, representing Swansea, Middlesbrough, Watford, Wigan and Vitesse after initially breaking into the Blues first team back in 2010.

After spending a decade with the club's academy before that, McEachran had certainly done his time at Stamford Bridge but with opportunities not forthcoming, he's hoping for better at Championship side, Brentford next season.


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New opportunities

"It was time to get out of Chelsea, I was there for 15 years. I wanted a fresh start, to get settled and play somewhere week in, week out. Now it's time for me to push on," he said, according to Sky Sports.

"Now I feel settled, I've signed here for four years and I can just get on with my football. And I didn't have to move house."

McEachran, who made 22 appearances in all competitions for the Blues in his first two seasons as a professional, opted against taking a major swipe at the managers who decided not to give him a senior chance - including Jose Mourinho.

Difficult for youngsters

However, he admitted their transfer policy had made it very difficult for youngsters to get a first team chance in west London, and he's now hoping to revive his England chances following the move to Griffin Park.

"I am not saying I should have got more chances at Chelsea. It is not down to me who plays, it is down to the managers, so I am not going to point the finger at anyone," he added.

"It is probably tougher than it was a few years ago, with all the money, but I am not going to say it is anyone's fault. The Chelsea badge has been taken off me now so there's not as much pressure. I'm excited to be here and looking forward to playing football.

"First I want to play week in, week out and then, hopefully somewhere down the line, get back in with England."

Other exits

McEachran is the sixth player to leave the Chelsea permanently this summer, following the likes of Didier Drogba and Petr Cech out of the exit door on the King's Road.

A host more have left on loan - predominantly youngsters in the same mould as McEachran before them - and it remains to be seen if they get a first team chance in the future.

Do you think McEachran should have been given more of a chance at Chelsea? Are their big-money signings destroying the hopes of their promising youngsters? Give us YOUR opinion in the comment box below! 

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