Chelsea assistant hails youngster

McEachran has made seven substitute appearances for the Blues since making his debut against MSK Zilina last month.

“It is lovely for everyone when a home-grown guy comes through,” said Wilkins.

“That has been the case with all the young lads who have come on this season and last season. The crowds have taken to them straight away.

“There seems to be an affiliation with the supporter that is lovely to watch.”

“It is an exciting time, coming on to make your debut,” Wilkins added on the club’s official website.

“It is not the right word to say I sympathise with Josh, but I can remember that nervous situation you go through when you come on.

“I get thrilled for him and thankfully he does not appear to show too many nerves.”