Who is MK Dons' latest signing Josh McEachran?

The former Chelsea, Brentford and Birmingham midfielder signed for Dons until the end of the season

Monday, 1st March 2021, 2:30 pm
Josh McEachran in action for Birmingham

Josh McEachran arrives at Stadium MK with a wealth of Championship experience under his belt.

The 28-year-old, celebrating his birthday today (March 1), was most recently at Birmingham City until he was released at St Andrews last month.

He arrives having overcome knee ligament damage this time last year, which has ruled him out of first team action since.

McEachran is a central midfielder, capable of playing in the defensive role and has been lauded for his range of passing.

A product of the Chelsea youth system, McEachran made a name for himself under Carlo Anchelotti as he made 17 appearances for the Blues in 2010/11 and five more the following season before being loaned to Swansea.

The following campaign, he was a regular for Middlesbrough in the Championship, before loan spells at Watford and Wigan for the following campaign.

Still unable to break into the Chelsea first team, he was once again loaned out in 2014/15 to Vitesse in Holland before securing a move to Brentford for the following season for around £750,000.

A regular at Griffin Park, he racked up 101 appearances in four seasons, though injuries hampered his progress.

Released at the end of his four-year contract, McEachran made the move to Birmingham on a two-year deal. But he was limited to just seven starts before injury struck again, this time to his cruciate ligament early on against Coventry City. Despite returning to training in November, McEachran did not make another appearance for the Blues and was released last month.

McEachran has also made 38 appearances for England through various youth levels, and ran with the Olympic torch when the games were held in London in 2012.