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Josh McEachran And Expectations

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Many, if not all of us, have sky-high expectations for Josh McEachran's football career. The midfielder set the Champions League on fire in the group stages last season, and was the best player on the pitch in the 1-0 loss against Marseille at the Stade Velodrome, becoming the youngest player since records began to play 100 passes in a CL match.

However, those expectations are for an older version of McEachran. Right now, he's a very, very young prospect, and we need to remember that when we complain, for example, that he isn't good enough to break into Swansea City's first team. He turned 19 at the beginning of the month, meaning that we're putting a burden on someone who, in a more normal life, would be a first year in university.

Here's a reminder of just how young Josh is:

Another driving lesson getting closer to passing oioiiii!!!
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For my money, McEachran will someday mature into an elite midfielder. The fact that some are surprised that he's not there already is a reflection of just how good he is. Time is definitely his (and the rest of the youth's) side, and we should let them develop at their own pace rather than get worried when they're not instant superstars. And maybe we should wait until they're able to drive before putting the weight of the world on their shoulders too!