Date: 1st August 2013 at 2:00pm
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McEachran training

Chelsea midfielder Josh McEachran is set to go out on loan this season and recent reports have mooted La Liga’s Real Sociedad as a likely destination.

The youngster spent last season out on loan at Middlesbrough and played 38 games for the Championship club, making 3 assists. He picked up the club’s Young Player of the Season award.

But it hasn’t been deemed enough for him to be allowed a crack at a place in Chelsea’s first-team squad, so Real Sociedad are willing to give the 20-year-old some experience of life on the continent and it would be a great thing for the player’s development providing he plays enough football.

His progression hasn’t been as swift as many had predicted when he first played for the senior team under Carlo Ancelotti and made 17 appearances during the 2010-11, perhaps if the Italian would have remained at Chelsea longer then things would be a little different for McEachran.

His natural talent has never been in doubt and his technical ability is admired by coaches and pundits alike, but compared to other young midfielders at the club he’s a bit slight and there has been mutterings that he has too many distractions outside of football which prevent him from getting his head down. If this is true then getting away could be the perfect thing for his development and one good loan spell at a high level could change everything for him.

He would want to avoid becoming the next Gael Kakuta and spend his life out on loan whilst younger lads like Ruben Loftus-Cheek are more physically developed as well as possessing technical prowess, so he’s at a delicate stage and this season has to be a good one for the England U-21 international.

Do you think Real Sociedad represents a good move for Josh McEachran?

Source: Metro