Ancelotti Putting His Faith In McEachran

When I saw Josh McEachran named amongst our subs yesterday, for me it was confirmation of just how highly Ancelotti rates him.

Giving him a go against Newcastle in the Carling Cup is one thing, but including him in the Premier League against a side like City is completely different. And whilst he might have been on the bench, the mere fact that he’s in the side at all suggested Carlo would consider using him. And it might have only been for the last ten minutes or so, but include him is exactly what Ancelotti chose to do with us chasing a goal. High praise indeed for the 17 year old.

Little wonder then that instead of sending him out on loan – as would usually be the case at Chelsea – the club are actually warning Championship clubs to keep their distance. McEachran had already featured in a couple of senior games this season, with the home debut against Newcastle and a brief Champions League appearance against MSK Zilina and with injuries to Frank Lampard and Yossi Benayoun, could well find himself playing against Marseille next.

Carlo Ancelotti confirms “He can play in the first team right now, without problem. He is very young but he showed fantastic ability and quality. So it is possible. If we need him he is ready to play the Premier League and the Champions League. I am not afraid to put a young player in important games because he has fantastic quality.”

Reiterating his plans to keep him at Stamford Bridge, the Chelsea manager says “We won’t be sending him on loan. He will stay here and play here. We now have one more player. It’s a surprise because he is a very talented player and we prepared a programme for him to improve but I think he is improving very quickly.

“I don’t have a fear of rushing him because his character is good, he is focused. He has balance. He is not afraid or quiet. And for this reason I can say he can play. There is a possibility he can play a part against Marseille. We may need someone because without Lampard, without Benayoun we don’t have a lot of midfielders. And if we need him I think we can count on him. He has the ability to change the game – he can make a difference.”

Having watched him play for the England U-17s, beating Spain in the final, Sir Trevor Brooking echo’s Ancelotti’s sentiments, saying “Josh is left-footed, really good on the ball, and sees a pass. He’s one of those where you’ve got to decide where to play him, he can play wide or tucked in. He also has a good attitude.”

As for the rising star himself, he’s hopeful he can progress from here, stating “I want to score more goals. Chelsea say to me ‘look at Frank Lampard’. I need to get into the box more. Last year was really good for me. I didn’t perform very well in the early stages of the Youth Cup but in the semi-final and final I thought I picked up my game and played well. Then came the European under-17 Championships. They say it was the strongest crop they have had for 10 years, and hopefully a few of us can push on.”

Young, home-grown, English and absolutely loaded with potential – no wonder we’re keeping this one!


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7 Responses to “Ancelotti Putting His Faith In McEachran”

  1. Excellent player and seems like a genuine lad too – I doubt he’ll be creating any bad publicity. Hopefully he can cope with the sudden attention from the media. I think that has been Kakuta’s downfall slightly (though I still expect him to cement his place in the side eventually).

  2. Oh and with the club since the age of 8, this ones a true Blue! Hopefully he’ll follow Terry and become our next one club player.

  3. Talented player, and with our midfield not looking exactly over crowded at the moment, he’ll probably get his fair amount of chances. Especially with the disappointing start of Ramires. In the City game Ramires seemed to weak, and out of his waters.

  4. Josh was arguably the man of the match when he came on against Newcastle. He showed no fear and was not in awe of the occassion for himself. Carlo should stop using Ramires AND Mikel in the same team and play McEachran to give our midfield some flair and imagination. It is also about time that we stopped using a defensive midfielder in EVERY game! What is the point when the opposition are only playing one up front and a deep defending midfield. Players like Josh and Benayoun should be used to ‘unlock’ these teams.

  5. All I’m going to say is that Ramires could learn a thing or two from this kid.

  6. Mc Eachran is very young but apparently Ancelotti rates him highly and feels he has done enough to justify his inclusion in the first eleven. There is no denying the lad’s potential but let’s not get carried away and put too much pressure on his shoulders.

    It looks as if Carlo will use him at some stage in the game against Marseille tomorrow and I hope not in the role of a deep-lying playmaker.

  7. I’ve seen this lad a few times in reserve games looks useful. Any chelsea fans out there know where i can view chelsea reserve games? I’ve found this wicked site:
    http://www.locatetv.com/person/chelsea/391959
    It shows me whenever Chelsea are on TV including reserve games etc but just wanted to know if there was any others?