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  1. Josh McEachran

    Josh has been with Chelsea since the age of seven, having been scouted by Pete Harris whilst playing for a local team called Garden City. A cultured central midfielder with a wonderfully crafted left foot, Chelseas academy staff are rightfully expecting big things from Josh McEachran. A regular England Under-16 and Under-17 international, he trained with the first team at the age of 15 and had a season of youth football to his name whilst still at school, before moving on into Reserve football before he turned 17. He is a gifted playmaker. Equally at home in the middle of the park or on the left, he has exceptional touch and vision, and his deftness allows him to bring his team-mates into play in dangerous positions. He has some physical maturing to do, but the club knows this and he has a program specifically designed to build up his strength. Whilst he works on that, he just has to continue expressing himself in a quiet, unassuming manner. Already well versed in academy football, Josh was fast-tracked into the reserve squad despite being just sixteen, and as part of an increasingly younger squad under Steve Holland, he has been one of the brightest stars. Hes not always been good, but whilst his body develops, his mind and skills are way beyond his years. An integral part of the clubs FA Youth Cup team, turning in superb performances in the middle of the park, he was handed a first team squad number (51) in January and has trained with Carlo Ancelottis first team on occasions. He even travelled with the first team for a League Cup tie away to Blackburn in November, and whilst he was not named in the matchday squad, he was clearly held in very high esteem by the Italian. During the 2010 summer pre-season, Josh was involved with the first team throughout, making appearances in three out of four matches, against Crystal Palace, Ajax and Eintracht Frankfurt, and was involved in goals against two of the three. He signed a professional contract on 1 July 2010, and made his competitive first team debut against MK Žilina in the opening game of the 2010-11 UEFA Champions League, coming on as a substitute in a 4-1 win. In the process he became the first player to be born after the UEFA Champions League started on 25 November 1992 to take part in the competition. McEachran made his home debut as a substitute during a League Cup tie against Newcastle United, and made his Premier League debut in the following match; a 1-0 defeat to Manchester City, appearing as a late substitute. McEachran made his first start against MK Žilina, in the UEFA Champions League group stage, and went on to start the final match of the group stage against Marseille. McEachran played the full 90 minutes, and showed flashes of his composure and skill on the ball. A start in the FA Cup against Ipswich Town was followed by occasional substitute appearances, before the youngster started the penultimate match of the season, playing for over an hour in the 2-2 draw against Newcastle United before being replaced by Michael Essien. He also appeared as a substitute in the final game of the season; a disappointing loss to Everton. Having signed a new five-year contract in June McEachran joined up with the first team squad again prior to the 2011-12 season, and was involved in the pre-season tour of Asia, scoring against Aston Villa in the Premier League Asia Trophy Final. Seemingly established as part of the first team set-up, he was an unused substitute for the first few games of the season, and started a League Cup tie against Fulham in which he was unfortunate to be substituted early in the second half after Alex's sending off necessitated a replacement at centre half. He was a late substitute in the next match a 4-1 win against Swansea City and would make two more appearances in the League Cup prior to Christmas. With little opportunity to make an impact in the first team, following another late substitute appearance in the New Year against Wolverhampton Wanderers he was loaned to Swansea City for the remainder of the season. The loan move appeared a good one, as the youngster would be playing under former Chelsea reserve coach Brendan Rodgers, but he found chances limited with the more experienced Gylfi Sigurdsson (who had also joined the club on loan in January) preferred in midfield, and made just five appearances for the Swansea first team before returning to Chelsea in the summer. At the start of the 2012-13 season Josh joined Championship side Middlesbrough on a season-long loan. He played in 38 league matches for the club as they initially mounted a strong promotion challenge before falling away considerably during the second half of the season, ultimately finishing in mid table. Click here to view the record
  2. Chelsea Kits thread

    Messi - Adidas Ronaldo - Nike Barcelona - Nike Real Madrid - Adidas Juventus (best team in italy)- Nike Bayern Munich (best team in germany) - Adidas PSG (best team in france) - Nike
  3. Chelsea Kits thread

    If you're a big club... the two biggest sports brands in European football WILL offer you a contract. Puma would not have even got a meeting with Arsenal!.... if they had kept on winning things with Nike. Same goes for Liverpool and Adidas.
  4. Chelsea Kits thread

    Nike & Adidas would have matched and double/quadrupled a new contract for Arsenal/Liverpool if they were a club they wanted to be associated with. How can you not understand this logic?, Puma would NOT be able to offer the same deal to Real Madrid. Same goes for NB and Barcelona.
  5. Chelsea Kits thread

    As a kid you want the Nike shirts, the Adidas boots Beckham/Messi is wearing, so your mind is already on that brand level. Chelsea not being with one of the big two would be suicide and would scream 'small time'. The football world knows the cycle.. Arsenal - becomes shit... loses Nike Liverpool - becomes shit... loses Adidas
  6. Chelsea Kits thread

    Image is everything, Chelsea being associated with a status symbol makes us more desirable for incoming fans, and this isn't just for 'selling shirts', I'm referring to all levels. Nike & Adidas are worlds apart from the rest and can market the Chelsea brand the most effectively.
  7. Chelsea Kits thread

    Under Armour have made the ugliest kits in the history of football, Macron actually aren't that bad.. but they scream 'small time'.
  8. Chelsea Kits thread

    The Chelsea brand is only stronger in collaboration with the other big brands. Switching from Adidas or Nike only represents decline in European football. Even if Nike had offered less than UA, we would have made more revenue in the long run with Nike, due to their reach and status. You're out of your depth discussing a top like this tbh, clearly you no nothing of marketing/brand awareness.
  9. Chelsea Kits thread

    Those Tottenham kits are the ugliest things I've ever seen. Nike is Nike, the most successful sports brand in world history and synonymous with the beautiful game, it's also the most recognisable logo in world history. And now Chelsea FC is their flagship sponsor in the Premier League.
  10. Chelsea Kits thread

    UA is stuck in the US bubble, and it really suits american sports actually, Nike & Adidas are more stylish so it's suits us europeans more (on a cultural note). UA have a LONG way to go before even making a dent in European football, they'd need to sign up Messi or Ronaldo, or get one of the big 4 clubs, and even then.. it won't be enough, they'd need to destroy the two most successful sports brands in world history. There isn't room for 3 big players, hence why it's always been Nike-Adidas.. then Puma/Umbro etc battling it out amongst themselfs.
  11. Chelsea Kits thread

    Haven't bought a kit since 2008. Still care about the clubs image. "Everyone judges a book by it's cover" - Steve Jobs
  12. Chelsea Kits thread

    Great news!, maintains the big club image in a time of uncertainty. If Under Armour are going to try and break the Adidas/Nike monopoly in European football they need to start with Bayern, Madrid or Barcelona.
  13. Chelsea Kits thread

    Why would it piss off Spurs?, Nike want them.. the most iconic and culture defining brand in european football along with adidas. Only small clubs are outside the Nike/Adidas bubble.
  14. 9. Tammy Abraham

    Youth level: "We have the most technically gifted player for you, a godly first touch, great agility/speed and vision, can read the game etc etc..." First team: "how tall is he?" Youth level: "excuse me?...
  15. The English Football Thread

    Wenger was never going anywhere, even if they had finished 4th.
  16. The English Football Thread

    Actually not too happy about Arse finishing 2nd but whatever, slightly annoyed about City getting 4th too. Oh well.
  17. The English Football Thread

    Yea, another yo-yo club like Burnely, the prospect of Steve Bruce in the Premier League again is just.. meh.
  18. Chelsea Kits thread

    Well obviously it would be a third kit like this one was... Did you not notice the Nike tick then, or have you not being paying attention to the thread?
  19. Chelsea Kits thread

    Please god.
  20. Chelsea Kits thread

    In a business sense you are very naive. Marketing/branding is everything, it's what sells, image is paramount. 10 years?, more like 100 years. Nike & Adidas defined cultures, they own european football.
  21. Chelsea Kits thread

    You are a small club who aims only to merely 'challenge' the top sides if you don't have a swoosh tick on your shirt or 3 stripes on your sleeves.
  22. Chelsea Kits thread

    ^ The news Tottenham might be getting Nike is both sign of the times and depressing as fuck. Them switching from under Armour from Nike should tell us enough about our status. There is no higher prestige than being Nike or Adidas in european football and it will forever be like that.
  23. Chelsea Kits thread

    No, they are not the real deal.. Adidas & Nike are immovable, they are part of the culture of european football. It's an impossible task, and it certainly won't play out like that for Chelsea. "oh well, it's more money, that's all that matters'' - Marketing is more valuable than getting £20m extra on a contract, for the Chelsea brand to be with anyone other kit manufacturer other than Nike right now is the worst thing that can happen to the clubs image. ..... Man-utd (biggest club in history) - Adidas Real Madrid (biggest club ever) - Adidas Barce-fucking-lona - Nike Bayern-fuckng-Munich (kings of germany - Adidas Juventus (only club in italy) - Adidas Man-City - Nike PSG - Nike Lionel-fucking-Messi - Adidas Ronal-fucking-do - Nike
  24. Chelsea Kits thread

    Game. Over.