Date: 1st October 2019 at 7:00am
Written by: Mark Day

If it’s not one thing, then it’s another with this guy.

Having waited for so long for him to finally sign on the dotted line, the Blues made their move and officially signed Josh McEachran to a deal on Friday night. The former Chelsea man has signed on a two-year deal and will join up with Pep Clotet’s first team immediately. Well, the last part of that sentence might not be 100% true.

He made, what I suppose you can call his ‘official’ debut yesterday, being his first game whilst formally under contract, for the U23s as they took on Wigan Athletic where he lasted 68 minutes before being substituted off.

It wouldn’t be the Josh McEachran deal if I didn’t have something negative to say about the whole thing, so why break the habit?

Now that he’s officially part of us, why do we have to keep waiting for him to join up with the first team? After all these weeks of keeping him on trial, now that he’s finally proved his fitness and value to the team, shouldn’t he already be part of the first team plans?  If the plan is for him to make an impact in the first team, then surely you’d want him around the squad as much and for as long as possible, and ideally hoping to make an appearance in tonight’s game with Wigan Athletic.

The article announcing his signing says that he has been training with the first team in the interim, so it’s not like you can use the excuse that he only signed Friday and hasn’t had time to get adjusted to the squad and how they play, he’ll have been doing that in the month or so he has been with us.

Maybe I’m just overreacting and everything will turn out OK, but am I the only one that thinks it’s strange we spent all that time doing research on him and now we may have to wait a bit longer before we see him?

What about you? Do you think that McEachran should be thrown into the first team as soon as possible? Or do you think that waiting another week or so won’t really matter in the grand scheme of things?

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