It has been announced that Birmingham City are taking former Chelsea midfielder, Josh McEachran, on trial ahead of a future deal for the 26-year-old.
McEachran has spent the previous four years at Brentford plying his trade in the Championship, and his passing ability has made himself the perfect match for the Bees in previous seasons.
He was once at Chelsea and made a number of appearances for the senior side in various competitions earning plenty of plaudits along the way. Many thought that the midfielder might kick on, but he never quite did and now finds himself without a club after the latest campaign has kicked off.
Last season, the midfielder wasn’t offered a new contract by Brentford and this meant that he was left to find a new club after playing over 100 times for the Bees.
It’s not the worst of signings if Birmingham decide to opt for the midfielder, in fact his ability on the ball will probably suit what Pep Clotet is trying to do at the club, especially after bringing in players such as Danny Crowley and Ivan Sunjic.
He has undoubted ability, and with a bit more playing time could be a very good, shrewd, signing for the Blues, but it isn’t really what Clotet’s side currently need right now.
They need goals. There has been too many games already this season where Birmingham have failed to show a good enough attacking threat in front of goal, and after the sale of Che Adams and departure of winger, Jota, there isn’t enough creative spark going forward.
A striker is what they need, and if you’re going to brutally honest, McEachran will most likely struggle for game time at St. Andrew’s. He’s not going to add goals which is what they lack, and if they do have a wage budget for free agents, then a striker must be a priority on the list.
Obviously it is only a trial and could prove to be a very good signing but in terms of the clubs priorities, this is poor recruitment. Alongside this, the Blues have a very promising youngster in Jude Bellingham coming through and he’s another player that can create but with just Alvaro Gimenez and Lukas Jutkiewicz as the two striking options, one injury could seriously halt them.
Don’t get me wrong, McEachran could be a great signing and he has potential that he hasn’t realised yet, but it’s not what Birmingham need right now and won’t make a massive difference to their season.