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Wednesday 18 January 2012

McEachran pleased by Swansea move

Rising star says 'style' of Brendan Rodgers' side is a major attraction

McEachran scored in the pre-season Barclays Asia Trophy final in Hong Kong

Rising star Josh McEachran has spoken of his delight at sealing a loan move to Swansea City from Chelsea and admitted it was the Welsh club's 'style' which made him want to move.

The 18-year-old has moved to the Liberty Stadium until the end of the season and admitted he chose the Swans above a number of other interested Barclays Premier League clubs.

"I wanted to come to Swansea because of the style of football they play"
- Josh McEachran

"I'm delighted to be here to be honest,'" he told Swansea's official website.

"I wanted to come earlier, but Chelsea had a few injuries and things.

"There was interest from a number of other Premier League clubs, but I wanted to come to Swansea because of the style of football they play. I think it will suit me.

"The manager [Brendan Rodgers] also had a big impact on my decision. I've known him from his Chelsea days and I think he is a fantastic manager.

"He's got the team playing well. I watched the Arsenal [v Swansea] game on TV and they did really, really well.

"It's hard to believe that nine years ago Swansea were bottom of the entire Football League and Arsenal were top of the Premier League. It's amazing."

He added: "It's a really young team here at Swansea and I think I will fit in well. I certainly hope so because I want to get a place in the team and play a lot more."

"Swansea fans will get to witness one of the best talents this country's got"
- Brendan Rodgers

McEachran made his Chelsea debut aged 17 as a substitute in a 4-1 away Champions League win in Zilina in September 2010.

He made his Barclays Premier League debut in the same month in a 1-0 defeat at Chelsea, while his first League start came in the final home match of last season - a 2-2 draw at home to Newcastle.

The England Under-21 international signed a new five-year contract with Chelsea in July 2011.

Swans boss Rodgers said: "He's an incredible passer of the ball and the Swansea fans will get to witness one of the best talents this country's got."

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Key Points

  • Youngster joins Swansea on loan from Chelsea
  • Made his Barclays Premier League debut for Blues at end of last season
  • Swans boss Rodgers says 18-year-old is one of the country's 'best talents'