So it looks as if we could be in for yet another signing at St Andrew’s.
A little bit of a surprise came in yesterday when it was revealed that Josh McEachran was on trial at the club and was already getting some minutes under his belt for the U23s. Oh and a special thanks to Birmingham for actually telling us who was on trial. Much better than going down the road that clubs tend to do and just put him down as a ‘trialist’ and leave us to do the guesswork.
Whilst there are a number of fans that would rather that the club brought in another striker rather than another midfielder, and whilst I don’t fully agree with them (but that’s for another time), I do think that it’s the area that could do with a few more bodies as opposed to the midfield.
That being said, I’m not entirely against bringing McEachran into the team.
With Whoscored noting that his strengths are his passing ability, and when he averaged 43.2 passes a game last season for Brentford, you can see that he easily fits into Pep Clotet’s style of play that I have talked about in the past, so it’s not as if we’ll be shoehorning him in to the system. Add to that the years of Championship experience that he has picked up and it will give the team a nice blend of talented internationals and experienced British players.
One conundrum that does come out of this though. This just throws a spanner into my article on Thursday about Dan Crowley. In there I posed the question of whether or not he’s likely to get his place back in the first team. If McEachran is being brought in to either compete with Crowley or is going ahead of him in the pecking order, then I fear it might be time to start calling him a bit of a bust already.
What do you think? Is this a good move by the club? Or are you amongst the fans that think that a striker should have been brought in first?