Josh McEachran talks about his development

Stu Forster

The on-loan midfielder has been impressing in his time up north, and talked to The Guardian about the experience

Josh McEachran sat down and gave a lengthy interview about his time at Middlesbrough to the Guardian, and he touched on a number of different subjects the entire interview is worth a read, but I'm going to cherry pick a few of the quotes from it an highlight them here.

First, Josh talked about what the Championship has forced him to work on:

"The Championship is a lot more physical than the Premier League and, although I still have to get into the opposing penalty area and create chances, I've had to improve the defensive side of my game, especially as I'm usually playing as one of two central midfielders in a 4-4-2 formation. But the training here is very similar to what we did at Chelsea. It's all about working with the ball and keeping possession."

He has also noted that a few of the teams in the division play a bit more like Premier League sides (and compliments some Chelsea legends):

"A few teams in this division play really good passing football. I've been very impressed with Derby and Blackpool. I like Brighton and Watford, too, but you'd expect that sort of style when they're managed by two former Chelsea players in Poyet and Zola. "

He talked up the old guard:

"I don't understand why everyone slags off Ashley Cole all the time because I know that he's actually a really nice and very caring person. All Chelsea's English players are really helpful; John Terry and Frank Lampard have been great but Ashley Cole is probably the one who has given me the most encouragement. When I got into the first team he made me feel welcome. He just put his arm around me really, he was always inviting me to things. And, no, to answer your question, he's never shot me."

And he also talked up Boro:

"Everything's top-class here, it's so enjoyable. Middlesbrough is really a Premier League club just waiting to get back up there and although Tony didn't have much money to spend last summer what he's done with the bit he had has been unbelievable."

The article also mentions that Josh resisted Rafa Benitez's thoughts about recalling him, something that may well be for the best in terms of his long term development.

Hopefully Josh continues to impress and develop the defensive side of his game. He's been looking much, much better in that regard as the season has progressed, something that clearly kept him off the pitch during his first loan spell at Swansea. Keep up the good work Josh, we're all looking forward to having you back in the summer.


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