First game of the season, first win of the Premier League season too for Crystal Palace.
Roy Hodgson’s side kick-started the new campaign in perfect fashion with a 1-0 victory over Southampton on Saturday afternoon, with talisman Wilfried Zaha proving once again that he is the Eagles’ match-winner.
But whilst the Ivory Coast international will take home plenty of the plaudits, there was one player who left Palace fans delirious with his performance: Eberechi Eze.
The summer signing from QPR only took to the pitch for the closing stages of the game, but his cameo was filled with moments of brilliance, including one piece of skill against Kyle Walker-Peters.
Despite having just 15 touches of the ball, Eze provided two successful crosses, and completed two of his four attempted dribbles – both of stats ranking him in the top two amongst the entire team.
And after seeing his display, Palace fans took to Twitter to rave about their new boy.
I think I’m in love with Ebere Eze. What a player the lad looks to be.
— HLTCO (@HLTCO) September 12, 2020
Can see the kid is ice cold
— Mac Bennett (@MacaulayB95) September 12, 2020
Oh my days does Eze look ridiculously good, gonna be some player for us.
— Jonty🦅 (@JontyCPFC) September 12, 2020
I’m in love with ebere eze
— . (@Palace_CPFC) September 12, 2020
— Will🏴🇬🇷 (@CPFCWiII) September 12, 2020
A couple of supporters described Eze’s cameo as “silky”, and there’s no doubting Walker Peters will have been glad he didn’t have to face him for the entire 90 minutes after dropping him to the floor.
In a word SILKY
— Ken (@KenPaul88) September 12, 2020
Only one word for Eze and that’s silky… Massive 3 points with Tonk Sakho Ferguson PvA and Bats to yet come in yet plus whatever else happens in the window #cpfc
— Padraic McGuinness (@Padraic_McG) September 12, 2020
One Palace fan in particular revealed his excitement at potentially seeing him and Zaha “linking up all year”.
Him and Wilf linking up all year is abs feels
— Steve Foster (@Foster7SJ) September 12, 2020
As cameos go, that is as exciting as they get.
Eze looked a class above after coming on, and he could be crucial for Palace especially if Zaha stays beyond the end of the transfer window.
Too often last season the Ivorian got marked out of the game by teams double-teaming and even triple-teaming him, but with someone like Eze in the team, a lot of the creative burden will be shared.
Saturday was a very promising debut for the starlet.