Under-18s reaction: Doing the right things
Our Under-18s overcame tough opposition and a downpour to beat Aston Villa 2-1 at Cobham, with assistant manager Jon Harley seeing plenty of positives from our third consecutive league win at that level.
A left-footed attacking player, he played mostly in midfield or in the number 10 position while progressing through the age groups prior to a couple of years featuring on the left wing, right wing as well as a loose striker. The younger brother of Josh, who also progressed through our Academy age groups and played for the first team under Carlo Ancelotti, the younger McEachran sibling made five youth team appearances while still a schoolboy before featuring as a regular in his first season as a scholar, including appearances in all but one of our Youth Cup ties as we lifted the trophy for the sixth time in eight years. Among his half-dozen goals during the campaign, a last-minute winner in the league merit round against Manchester United at Cobham proved decisive in our push for the national title.
McEachran won the Under-17 World Cup with England in October 2017, before going on to win four more trophies at club level that season.
After playing every game at the Under-17 European Championship finals in May 2017 as England lost the final to Spain on penalties, McEachran was a regular again at the Under-17 World Cup in India five months later, helping the team to go all the way to lift the trophy. He followed that with another positive season on the club scene, featuring mostly for the Under-18s as they won an unprecedented four trophies in 2017/18, while also debuting for our UEFA Youth League team and development squad before the end of the season.
The midfielder signed his first professional contract on his 17th birthday, commiting him to the club until summer 2019.