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Birmingham City manager Pep Clotet is considering adding to his squad after taking former Chelsea youngster Josh McEachran on trial, as the 26-year-old attempts to make a return to football having left Brentford in the summer, as reported in the Birmingham Mail.
The central midfielder came through the Chelsea youth ranks but after seemingly failing to impress in 22 appearances across two seasons, the 26-year-old was sent out on loan to a wealth of clubs before leaving permanently in 2015 and moving to the Bees.
So would McEachran be a good addition if he signed for Birmingham?
“Yes, this’d be a useful addition. I really like McEachran, on his day. He’s certainly Championship quality and can be a driving force in the midfield.
“It’s good that teams are still able to exploit the free agent market as well. It keeps things interesting for fans and the media, knowing some players might still pop up at a team and add value to a squad.
“This is one the fans will surely welcome. When you think ‘free agent’, it’s usually someone coming back from injury or an outcast from another side.
“Not a regular Championship performer like McEachran. He’s only 26 as well; what a find he might be”
“I think McEachran is a really good player, who has been affected by so many injuries over the last few years.
“He didn’t make as many appearances as he would have liked for Brentford last season, but most Bees fans wished him well as he moved on from Griffin Park which says something.
“He’s a very good ball player and he’s still at a good age, so if Clotet can get him back to his best, then it could be a real coup of a signing on a free transfer.
“Blues have plenty of talented players in the middle of the park, but he’d bring something different to what David Davis and Ivan Sunjic bring.”
“Well, this signing is a bid of an odd one in my eyes. Not suggesting the player wouldn’t be able to do a job, but it’s not what the Blues need right now.
“If they’d signed him before a host of midfielders came in it would probably be a different story, but I doubt he’s going to get much game at the club.
“What Clotet’s side needed was a striker, and if they have a free agent budget then they should be looking for someone who can add to the amount of goals they’ll score.”