Midfielder reacts after playing an hour in Brentford’s 1-1 draw with 1. FC Kaiserslautern
Josh McEachran believes he is in the best shape of his time at Brentford and has his sights set on a place in Dean Smith’s starting XI for the opening game of the season away at Huddersfield Town in 14 days. The midfielder admitted it had been a tough first year at Brentford after two foot injuries limited him to just ten league starts in his debut season but he is keen to put that behind him and show Dean Smith why he deserves to be in the line-up at the John Smith’s Stadium in a fortnight.
Speaking to Bees Player after The Bees 1-1 draw with the German side, Josh said: “It has been hard. I got injured as soon as I came here last year, got fit again, played about ten games, but then did it again. It has been a tough 12 months but I feel as fit as I have felt here and I am looking forward to the new season. I haven’t really had a chance to play under Dean Smith yet or to impress him. That is what these games are for and I want to be in the team for the game against Huddersfield Town.”
The 23-year-old was reflecting after playing an hour of The Bees friendly with 2.Bundesliga side 1. FC Kaiserslautern at a sweltering Griffin Park this afternoon. An Alexander Ring own-goal was quickly cancelled out by Robert Pich as both sides continued the build up to their respective league campaigns. Josh feels that the match against The Red Devils was another good stepping stone as both he, and the team, work towards the new campaign.
“It feels good,” said Josh. “That was my first 60 minutes of pre-season so it feels really good to be back. It was a tough game because of the heat. I thought that we did well. There are still a few things that we need to work on and I am looking forward to the game on Tuesday. We have been back for three weeks now and we had a good week in Germany. We are gelling together nicely. There are still a few cobwebs to be blown away but we are definitely moving forward.”
Josh spent most of the summer working hard at Jersey Road with The Bees medical team in order to be ready for the start of the season. The midfielder made his first start of pre-season away at Wycombe Wanderers on Tuesday night and then followed that up with another hour this afternoon. With two more friendlies coming up in the next seven days Josh is confident he will be ready to go for the season opener.
"I was in all summer with Richard Clarke, Neil Greig, and Daryl Martin," said Josh. "To start with I was getting balance back and different movements in my foot and ankle but then I progressed to running outside and getting my fitness back. I am not quite at 100 per cent yet but I am well on my way. We are all aiming to be ready come Huddersfield Town and I think if I can get another 60 minutes and another 30 minutes in the next friendlies I will be there.”