As the young man whose name I once saw written on the back of Graham MacAree, Josh McEachran is a name that's well familiar to most Chelsea fans despite having had very little impact at first team level over the last half decade. Having made his debut at 17, the now 21-year-old is in the midst of his fourth loan spell, this time at promotion and FA Cup hopefuls Wigan Athletic.
Blame could be laid at the feet of both club and player, but it's safe to say that McEachran has yet to live up those early expectation. Still, he's got plenty of time and, apparently, plenty of will.
"I look at Ryan Bertrand [as an example]. You are not going to walk into a world-class team like Chelsea - you have got to work hard. He worked hard and played in the Champions League final. If I don't break in next year I'll just do what the manager [Jose Mourinho] tells me to do and keep working hard. I spoke to him in pre-season. He is one of the best managers in the world and his training is first-class. I enjoyed working with him."
-Josh McEachran; source: Independent
And where there's a will, there's a way, right? Hopefully.
Wigan, after eliminating Manchester City in the round previous, will be taking on Arsenal in this weekend's FA Cup semifinals. No better chance to show off that Chelsea DNA than by denying the Gunners another trophy, right, Josh?