Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas believes midfielder Josh McEachran will be a part of the club in years to come.
The talented 18-year-old played in 17 matches in all competitions for the Blues last season, starting 4 times, but McEachran will need to be at the top of his game to feature.
Competition is fierce at the London club, and although Michael Essien was injured in pre-season, Villas-Boas now has new signing Oriol Romeu and the returning Yossi Benayoun to add to midfielders Frank Lampard, Ramires, and Jon Obi Mikel.
"This is a youngster with so much talent," Villas-Boas told reporters. "I see in him very much as part of the future of this club."
The left-sided central midfielder has been widely praised for his creativity, vision, and technique, despite his slender physique.
McEachran won acclaim through the youth ranks for his attacking strengths, although he demonstrated his versatility under last season’s Chelsea coach Carlo Ancelotti when he played further back in midfield in a more defensive role.
Villas-Boas continued: "Physique-wise, there is nothing to him at the moment. In the changing room you see him getting ready to go and train and he looks nothing like a footballer. His power and pace is in his head.
"But you could say the same about Luka Modric, Jack Wilshere or Samir Nasri. All are built with slight physiques but they are all among the finest midfield players in the world.
"Josh is going that way. His brain is always five yards ahead of the rest.”