Birmingham City are considering making a move for midfielder Josh McEachran, who is a free agent after leaving Brenford when his deal expired in the summer.
The former Chelsea man has been training with Blues recently as he looks to earn a new contract and he got a run out for the U23 side against Bristol City on Monday.
Even though he hasn’t gone on to have the glittering career that many expected when he emerged on the scene at Stamford Bridge, McEachran has still played a lot of football in the Championship over the years.
So, he would be seen as a smart bit of business from Blues if they can bring him to St. Andrew’s on a free transfer.
And, here we look at THREE potential consequences him joining could have on Pep Clotet’s side…
He could help encourage a more stylish brand of football
Whilst Blues enjoyed a lot of success under Garry Monk, they weren’t great to watch, although that was understandable as the new Sheffield Wednesday boss didn’t have a lot of resources to work with.
However, Clotet had spoken about making Blues more appealing on the eye but it hasn’t really happened so far.
Bringing in a player like McEachran could help that significantly though. He is very tidy on the ball and has qualities that the team are lacking right now. He could be the catalyst for a more possession-based approach that the new manager wants.
He could get more out of Ivan Sunjic
There was a lot of excitement around Birmingham when they completed the signing of Sunjic in the summer but so far the former Dinamo Zagreb man has struggled at times.
But, a lot of that could be down to the style of play, which isn’t getting the best out of him.
Yet, he may flourish alongside someone like McEachran, with the duo good on the ball and they could complement each other well in a two-man midfield, whilst they would be sure to provide quality service to those in the final third.
There will be fierce competition for places
Another consequence of signing McEachran would that it would put even more pressure on midfielders on the fringes right now.
The two Gardner brothers are finding it hard to get regular football and the arrival of the former England youth international would surely mean David Davis’ spot in the team is up for grabs.
Competition for places is never a bad thing and there would be a real battle to get a place in the XI if this deal comes off for several midfielders.