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1591 minutes in 2018/19: Birmingham City continue to run the rule over free agent



Birmingham City have had an up-and-down start to the season but manager Pep Clotet will likely be content with the fact that his side are only outside the top six on goal difference.

The Blues sit ninth in the table with 10 points from six games, despite suffering 3-0 hammerings at the hands of Swansea City and Nottingham Forest.

A shaky start was perhaps to be expected after a summer that saw manager Garry Monk, top-scorer Che Adams and captain Michael Morrison all depart.

The transfer window is now closed but the Birmingham side have a chance to add to their squad as midfielder Josh McEachran is reportedly currently training with them.

The former Chelsea player is currently a free agent after seeing his contract with Brentford expire in the summer.

The 26-year-old could be an interesting addition to Clotet’s squad and, with that in mind, we have put a spotlight on his performances for the Bees last season.

The midfielder played 1591 minutes across 24 Championship appearances last season but seemed to lose the confidence of Thomas Frank as the campaign wore on, with just five of McEachran’s appearances coming after the turn of the year.

The Englishman was utilised mostly as a defensive midfielder last season and could help sure up a Blues midfield that has at times been overrun, particularly in the losses to Forest and Swansea.

McEachran averaged 3.79 interceptions and 9.47 recoveries per game last season, which indicates he could help sweep things up in front of the Blues backline.

He is not a one-dimensional midfielder, however, and also proved his worth helping to begin attacks from deep last season. The 26-year-old provided 15 shot assists, averaged 1.7 progressive runs per game and 12.5 passes to the final third per game, in addition to finishing the season with a very impressive pass accuracy of 87.7%.

McEachran has pedigree, having developed through the Chelsea and England youth sides, so there is clearly talent there but it just hasn’t quite worked out for him yet. A fresh start at the Blues and a chance to establish himself over a significant period of time could provide him with just that.

Clotet does already have a number of central and defensive midfielders at his disposal already but McEachran would also add some Championship nous, with nearly 150 appearances in the league to his name.

The 26-year-old could be an interesting addition, particularly if the Spanish coach feels he can be the one to unlock his full potential.

ScoopDragon Football News Network

Article title: 1591 minutes in 2018/19: Birmingham City continue to run the rule over free agent

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