As one of the most exciting young players in English football, Crystal Palace fans absolutely cannot wait for the return of Eberechi Eze. The young playmaker is regarded as one of the most exciting playmakers in the top-flight. His debut campaign in the Premier League was highly impressive, having arrived from Queens Park Rangers after a season in which the Championship looked below him.
Indeed, the 23-year-old impressed enough for old coach Roy Hodgson that were was justifiable talk of an England call-up and a potential spot at the UEFA European Championships. Though he might not have played, it would have been an amazing thing for the player to go through. Sadly, injury woes struck and the player was left missing out on a summer of international football either with the U21s or the senior team.
Indeed, Eze is currently in a tug of wear with Nigeria looking to capture the young star. The Super Eagles have made a concerted push to land a series of England-born eligible who are not yet in the Three Lions team. Eze, though, missed out on any opportunity after a bad injury left him missing his summer but also the chance to start the season under new coach Patrick Vieira.
Fans, though, should have no worries that the former World Cup winner will not take to Eze. The gliding playmaker has already shown that he has everything in his locker to be an absolutely essential part of the Palace team for a while yet. His achilles tendon injury left him without a chance to play over the summer, but reports suggest that he is nearing is return from injury – and it will not be long before Palace fans are watching him stride up the pitch once again.
Can Eze turn Palace’s attacking play around?
A 3-0 win against Spurs feels good, especially with the arrival of Odsonne Edouard changing the team for the better. Having played with talented playmakers in Scotland like Callum McGregor and Tom Rogic, the France U21 cap will be keen to play with the enigmatic Eze. Indeed, he has a fantastic passing and shooting style and it could make it easier for the likes of Edouard to get more goals this year.
Eze is never afraid to have a pop at goal, though, with a goal and three assists in his last five games prior to the horror injury in training. He also tracks back and gets involved, with seven interceptions across those five games. Crucially, though, it his shooting that Palace need.
Prior to the Tottenham game, Eagles fans had seen a mere 20 shots on goal that has led to a paltry two goals. As such, Palace fans are eager to see a more rounded attacking style once Eze is back in the team. His gunslinging style brings a more likelihood of shots, created chances, and dribbles. In a team crying out for an extra attacking gear, Eze could offer just what Palace fans are hoping for once he gets back into the first eleven.