The trials and tribulations Josh McEachran has faced over the past few years have been well documented, with many now questioning whether or not the slight midfielder will ever fulfill his promise and make an impact at the very top level. But despite the setbacks and the wasted years, the 21-year-old is still thinking big:
Chelsea is a top club, so I’m not just going to walk into a team full of world-class players... I’m a Wigan player at the moment but I’m still contracted to Chelsea and have got another two-and-a-half years left. At the end of the day I want to play for Chelsea. I still think that’s a realistic ambition.
-Source: Get West London.
Obviously merely hoping that you'll make it big isn't enough to actually get you there, but this is more promising than, for example, what Ryan Bertrand was quoted as saying yesterday about wanting to be a first-choice player no matter where that took him. The difference, of course, is that McEachran is Chelsea to the core having been with the club since he was seven, and Bertrand, for all his virtues, simply isn't, and that's one reason why supporters have so much invested in the young man.
There's still plenty of drive to succeed here -- it's just a matter of putting in the work*. If McEachran does that, the sky remains the limit. Here's hoping.
*There're some more quotes in the linked article about how Chelsea work with him day-by-day.