Chelsea starlet to be sent on loan

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Updated: October 28, 2011

Chelsea youngster Josh McEachran looks likely to be sent on loan in January, after former Blues youth boss and current Swansea manager Brendan Rodgers asked to take the player to the Liberty stadium.

McEachran(18) has yet to secure a starting place under Andre Villas-Boas, and those at the club feel that a loan move will help him gain experience of playing in the top flight.

Rodgers still maintains very good links with his previous employers, and he believes that such a move will benefit the playmaker in the January transfer market.

“I need to have a conversation at length (with Chelsea),” Rodgers revealed yesterday. “Josh is not playing at the moment, he is on the bench, although he played (against Everton) last night.”

Rodgers also insisted that Swansea’s status as a ‘smaller’ club can persuade top teams that the club is the ideal place such prospects can learn and develop.

“He is a wonderful talent and the positive thing is that clubs see Swansea as a club that can develop such talents. He has a big future, he played in the same team as my son right through the system at Chelsea and has kicked on since he turned 14.

“He has got great vision, he is a terrific footballer and he needs to play in a certain system. I think Andre (Villas-Boas) and (sporting director) Michael Emenalo understand he will need to get some games and when that moment comes he is certainly a player who would do terrific here.

“All we can do is our best, we try to be in the market for the very best players. We don’t have the finances to buy such players but if it allows us to loan players then I would be confident in what we could give such a player.”

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