RODGERS DEFENDS McEACHRAN LOAN

  • By: Pete O'Rourke
  • Last Updated: March 29 2012, 10:06 BST

Swansea boss Brendan Rodgers believes Josh McEachran's loan move from Chelsea has been a success, despite his lack of action.

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McEachran has made just two starts for Swansea since arriving on loan during the January transfer window.

However, Rodgers insists highly-rated midfielder McEachran will return to Stamford Bridge as a better player for his experiences at the Liberty Stadium.

"The loan move was more than just games for Josh," Rodgers told The Sun. "It was also about experiencing a new team, city and lifestyle.

"He was 18 when he came and it's been great for his development. He admitted he was behind with his conditioning.

"He has fitted in quite easily and he respects how well the other players have been doing so it's been very difficult.

"The balance in the midfield has been very good.

"Every player wants game-time but that can't happen for everyone. But when he returns to Chelsea he will be better for his experience here.

"It doesn't matter whether it is games or lifestyle, he will be a better player and person for that."