QPR’s Eberechi Eze is regarded as one of the best young talents the EFL has to offer but, with the Hoops as a whole struggling both on and off the pitch, the starlet has had a difficult campaign. The Nigerian-born star fell out of favour in Steve McClaren’s final few weeks in charge and looked apathetic when he did feature.
With McClaren now gone, though, Eze has a clean slate to work with and Josh Scowen expects the youngster to kick on and make a big difference to the team next season; if the number 10’s sign-off showing for the 2018/19 term is anything to go by, he will be able to put the past behind him and continue to fulfil his potential.
Midfielder Scowen, who scored the opener in the win over Sheffield Wednesday at the weekend, reserved praise for his teammate after the match, saying:
“Apart from the penalty he had a good game and I think next year he’ll be a big player for us.”
Eze’s attempt from the spot was saved and the missed opportunity nearly came back to bite the R’s, with Michael Hector tucking away his own penalty just three minutes later, although Matt Smith would save his teammate’s blushes in the dying stages with a stunning volley.
As Scowen says though, the skilful midfielder was a constant threat to the Owls and showed real glimpses of the quality that made him one of the hottest properties in the Championship last season.
Playing on the right, the 20-year-old always looked to make things happen, completing a joint-season-high six dribbles as well as taking on five shots – his highest number of attempts in a game since New Year’s Day against Aston Villa.
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Eze’s match rating of 7.7 was also his highest since 24th November, when he was awarded an 8.03 for his two assists against Stoke – an indicator of how miserable the second half of the season has been for the Englishman.
Completing 90.3% of his passes, of which two were key, Eze was mostly reliable with the ball although he was dispossessed five times. There is clearly work to be done in some areas of his game, but the four-goal ace at last showed that he can be of use to QPR with his final showing of the season and, if he can keep up that kind of performance, he should meet Scowen’s expectations with ease.