It’s fair to say that Crystal Palace speedster Eberechi Eze has arrived at Selhurst Park with the weight of great expectations on his young shoulders. Roy Hodgson recently revealed he is keen to keep the pressure off the summer signing, but that hasn’t stopped him from being named in a five-man shortlist of players who are ready to play for England, which was compiled by The Sun pundit Danny Higginbotham.
Eze made everything look easy in the Championship, as the winger scored 14 goals and supplied 8 assists last season, whilst he averaged 2.2 shots, 1.8 key passes and 3 dribbles per game, via WhoScored.
However, the 22-year-old has struggled for game time this season, as he has only made two Premier League starts since joining Palace from Queens Park Rangers in the summer. What better way for him to show what he can do against Wolves?
Once described as a “fantastic” player by QPR executive Lee Hoos, Eze received plenty of praise from Cheikhou Kouyate after he made his full debut in the defeat to Everton in the Premier League. Whilst the result didn’t go the way he wanted, Kouyate has tipped him for the very top. He told the club’s website: “This kid is so special.
“Now we need to give him a little bit of time.
“The Premier League are going to enjoy him because he has a good mentality, he plays well and we are happy to have this boy here.”
In essence, that’s exactly what Eze needs right now. He needs some minutes under his belt in order to continue his growth and development as a player.
Palace picked up all three points against Fulham at Craven Cottage in the Premier League last weekend. Whilst there were several standout performers, including Wilfried Zaha and Michy Batshuayi, a few struggled to make much of an impression, like Jeffrey Schlupp, who was actually replaced by Eze on the 76th minute.
Per SofaScore, the 27-year-old received an average rating of 6.5 for his performance – he lost possession ten times, won only four out of ten duels overall (40%), whilst he was dribbled past once and only took 31 touches of the ball.
By comparison, Eze was awarded a higher score of 6.7, whilst he won four out of his six duels (66%), wasn’t dribbled past at all and only lost possession of the ball five times in total, as per SofaScore.
If you look at his heatmap from the last game, you can see that he popped up all over the pitch, which seems to suggest that he was trying to make things happen in his brief cameo. Why not use his scintillating pace to attack an ageing Wolves defence? After all, he needs to be testing himself against some of the best in the league on a regular basis.
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