This is the first in a series of articles called Rough Diamonds where we look at young players who have the potential to be World-Class footballers when they reach their prime.
Joshua Mark “Josh” McEachran or commonly known as Josh McEachran is an English footballer who plays for Premier League club Chelsea. The talented 18 year old was born on the 1st of March 1993 in Oxford, England and plays as an attacking midfielder.
Carlo Ancelotti preferred to play him in a slightly deeper role and a left sided one against Newcastle,which by the way was his first league start where his lack of physical strength clearly showed.
McEachran began playing football for Garden City F.C. in the Oxford Mail Boys League.
At the tender age of 8, and while in action for Garden City F.C, McEachran was spotted by a Chelsea scout.
It was not long before he joined Chelsea as an academy player at the age of 8 and rose through the ranks while juggling his academic responsibilities at Marlborough School in Woodstock.
McEachran slowly progressed through the youth system and spent a total of nine years in the Chelsea youth set-up before being promoted to the first team.
McEachran represented England at U-16 level and was part of the England U17 side to win the 2010 European Under-17 Football Championship.
The youngster quickly progressed through the ranks and has since gone on to become a regular in the England U19 side.