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AVB: I'll make McEachran Great

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Also, he wants another Midfielder & an Winger :) :)

CHELSEA boss Andre Villas-Boas says he will turn Josh McEachran into a midfield great.

Stamford Bridge gaffer AVB says he will get to work on McEachran EVEN if he seals a deal with Spurs to bring White Hart Lane playmaker Luka ­Modric to west London.

The deal for the Croatian midfield player will be decided, one way or another, this week.

Chelsea have had two offers for ­Modric refused in the close season, with Villas-Boas showing no signs yet of giving up in his quest to land the darling of White Hart Lane. But McEachran is AVB’s ace in the hole, the new Blues boss knowing that even if the Modric deal falls through, he is on to a winner with the ­stick-thin teenager.

AVB took time out yesterday to ­discuss concussion victim Fernando Torres – hurt playing for Spain against Italy in a friendly on Tuesday night.

Torres has been passed fit to travel with Chelsea for today’s Premier League opener at Stoke, with Villas-Boas pouring scorn on critics who ­believe Torres has lost his goal-­scoring touch. And while the £50m hitman ­occupies some of this thoughts, AVB is happier to discuss the future of bright young thing McEachran, who made 17 ­appearances in a Chelsea shirt last season and is still only 18.

Talking about Oxford-born McEachran, Villas-Boas said: “This is a youngster with so much talent.

“Physique-wise, there is nothing to him at the moment.

“In the changing room you see him getting ready to go and train and he looks nothing like a footballer. His power and pace is in his head.

“But you could say the same about Luka Modric, Jack Wilshere or Samir Nasri. All are built with slight ­physiques but they are all among the finest ­midfield players in the world.

“Josh is going that way. His brain is always five yards ahead of the rest.

I see in him very much as part of the future of this club.”

A glowing reference from the new coach, yet Villas-Boas also knows he needs to bolster his squad with more experienced blood.

He told the Daily Star Sunday: “I need a midfield player as a priority, also a winger.

“These are important to this club and I see business being done but it will not be at the expense of players like Josh.”

Villas-Boas was in expansive mood on the eve of his Premier League ­managerial ­debut against FA Cup ­finalists Stoke.

He has a healthy regard for the blood, sweat and tears Potters boss Tony Pulis has used to create a ­battling football outfit that plays ­until the final whistle, whatever the competition they are in.

Despite describing Pullis’s team as ­“magnificent”, Villas-Boas is intent on heading back down the M6 with three points in the bag as he goes after his double goal of the Premier League and Champions League in his first season at the helm.

Outlining what he is being asked to achieve as Abramovich’s seventh boss in seven years, he said: “Failure is not an ­option for me.

“I have spoken to Chelsea’s Roman Abramovich and I know what he wants.

“I also know what I want and that is success. The only pressure on me is what I put on myself.

“I want a team that plays good ­football but I also want a winning team.

“Last year for this club was complex. Small problems became big problems. I hope we can all sort this out.

“I will be judged, like all Premier League managers.

“There is no pressure. The only time I have felt pressure was managing Academia in Portugal.

“There I was trying to avoid ­relegation with a group of players who gave everything but really were not in the same class as the players here at Chelsea

http://www.dailystar...Eachran-great/?

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I have developed pretty strong skepticism towards journos, so are you sure this interview is legit? If it is, then it was very promising stuff.. especially saying Josh is in his future plans and won't sign anybody on his expense

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Yes! He knows that we need a winger! I as getting worried as we lack a player that can eject pace into the team. Things are looking up...

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Very bad source, and looks distorted to me.

I don't believe what is written there!

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AVB: “I have spoken to Chelsea’s Roman Abramovich and I know what he wants."

"Chelsea's" Roman Abramovich? :carlo:

In all the interviews I've seen so far, he has always addressed the club as 'us' or we'.

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I’m not at all surprised that AVB is a big McEachran fan. For his philosophy of ball retention, finding and exploiting gaps/spaces and smart, forward-thinking football as opposed to the sideways stuff then McEachran fits the bill.

The thing is though that having just one of those players in your midfield isn’t enough. Where most teams fail is that they have a player like that and surround him with destroyers in midfield. What they actually need is more of the same. What we need to do is scour the world and try to find a youngish player similar to McEachran in terms of ability and play them together in midfield.

Two players in midfield capable of taking the ball, dictating possession, linking-up with the attackers and having the ability to dribble in central areas would be ideal.

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I’m not at all surprised that AVB is a big McEachran fan....

Well for god sake then us him!.

but... we've only had one game. And I'm glad he didn't play Stoke because the chances of him getting battered. David Luiz was a miracle worker until our game with Stoke, then he went sort if downhill from there. And we were waiting on Alex to come back.

but... we've only had one game. And I'm glad he didn't play Stoke because the chances of him getting battered. David Luiz was a miracle worker until our game with Stoke, then he went sort if downhill from there. And then we were waiting on Alex to come back.

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