Middlesbrough can challenge for title – Josh

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ON the eve of tomorrow’s home game against Crystal Palace (3pm kick-off), Josh McEachran can see no reason why Middlesbrough won’t mount a serious title challenge this season.

The Chelsea midfielder, pictured above, joined Tony Mowbray’s side on Monday on a season-long loan deal, and made his debut in Tuesday’s 3-2 win over Burnley – a performance of creativity and guile delivered by the England Under-21 player.

In light of the win, McEachran, 19, says that his new side can be confident in what lies ahead. “I just hope Middlesbrough get promoted and I play a part in that – I think there’s everything here,” he said.

“The manager, the players, the fans, the facilities – it’s all in place. I don’t see why we can’t get promoted, but it’s obviously up to us as players to make that happen.

“There are some top players at Middlesbrough. It’s not a big step down. There are obviously world-class players at Chelsea, but the players at Middlesbrough play great football and I’m really looking forward to the rest of the season with them.”

McEachran joined the Teessiders after rejecting offers to sign for clubs in the Premier League, but even though he is yet to spend a week in the North-East, he is adamant he has made the right move.

He went on: “Chelsea play good football, so I wanted to go to a team that plays good football as well. Middlesbrough are right up there when it comes to that. That was a key reason why I decided to come here.

“Even after just one game, you can see why it was the right choice.

“I’ve come here to play football. I need to be playing Saturday, Tuesday, Saturday, Tuesday, and hopefully that will happen here.”