In what was a disappointing day at the office for Mark Warburton’s men on Saturday afternoon, the only player who could arguably come away with some form of meaningful credit, was Eberechi Eze.
The England U21 international couldn’t stop his side from falling to a 2-0 defeat to Huddersfield, but he certainly looked to be the one of the few Hoops stars intent on trying to ensure they didn’t.
As per Sofascore, his 7.7 match rating was only behind Huddersfield’s Harry Toffolo in the entire game, and when you look at some of his individual numbers, it is clear to see why.
The 21-year-old won a mammoth 12 of his 17 total duels, completed seven of his nine attempted dribbles, and provided three key passes.
After seeing his performance, QPR fans took to Twitter to voice their thoughts on the attacking midfielder.
Eze is on it today, toying with the whole Huddersfield team, speed up in the final third and they’ve something to take from today! Ball has been superb also winning the back back and recycling it efficiently #QPR
— Harry Collins (@HarryRJC) February 8, 2020
Ball and Eze sensational so far. Oteh on in the second half please. #qpr
— reece (@reeceqpr) February 8, 2020
Ball, Eze, Hall have been phenomenal. Wouldn’t mind seeing Oteh get a shot at some point
— Hoagie (@RollHoagie) February 8, 2020
— Alex (@qprAL27) February 8, 2020
A second half 4 minute lapse in defensive concerntration cost us and dissolved a promising, but even, first half. Would liked to have seen Oteh get more minutes perhaps, however firmly believe Warburton is the man to take this team forward. Eze mesmerizing at times. #QPR
— Theodore Lloyd-Hughes (@theodore_sdr) February 8, 2020
A couple of fans hailed his dribbling skills in particular, with one moment in the match seeing him complete a double nutmeg on two Huddersfield players before seeing his stinging drive palmed away.
Eze is on one today, literally dancing past players like they aren’t there 🕺🏼💃 #QPR
— ADAM WILLDEN (@awillden7) February 8, 2020
Eze taking on defender be like pic.twitter.com/GYUGBIyr74
— Bright Osayi-Jake (@QPR_Jake) February 8, 2020
Another fan meanwhile lauded him for getting back to form as a “more mature play-maker”.
Fell apart near the end but genuinely some positives there. Eze back on form as a more mature playmaker, Chair Amos and Masterson all solid. Lost on quite a thin margin, just need a morale boost from a win.
— Ben Summer (@bm_summer) February 8, 2020
It is difficult to look at the positives when your side has lost their third league game in a row, but Warburton will surely have been left impressed by Eze.
The prospect worked his socks off in battling for the team, as evidenced by his total of 12 duels won. If the rest of the QPR team had a similar never-say-die attitude and work ethic, then things could have panned out differently.
Instead, it was left to the shoulders of the 21-year-old to try and inspire a positive result – something that proved a little beyond his reach this time around.