The 22-year-old was lauded by fans and pundits as one of the best young English talents around when he made his debut for the Blues in 2010 [Daily Mail]. That appearance had made him the first player to have been born after the Champions League started and then feature in it, and big things were predicted for the midfielder.
However, they don’t seem to have materialised for the youngster yet, although there is still time for him to fulfil his potential.
Championship side Brentford are the lucky recipients of this downturn in fortunes, and are expected to sign the central midfielder on a four-year deal. McEachran has just one more season left on his current deal at Stamford Bridge.
In recent campaigns the player has gone out on several loans to clubs such as Vitesse Arnhem, Wigan Athletic, and Watford. He has struggled to make an impact in most of his temporary moves though, since making 38 appearances for Middlesbrough in the 2012-13 season.
As such, new Bees boss Marinus Dijkhuizen will have a job on his hands to get the best out of his new signing.
With players such as Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Dominic Solanke coming through the academy at Chelsea, this may not be the sad indictment of their youth development it appears to be. Manager Jose Mourinho has even promised that the former will get extra playing time next season [Independent].
McEachran is the latest player to depart Chelsea this summer, as the Portuguese coach continue to clear the deadwood from his squad. The likes of Gael Kakuta, Petr Cech, Thorgan Hazard and Didier Drogba have all been sold, while Christian Atsu and, latterly, Mario Pasalic, have departed on loan, via the club’s official website.