Crystal Palace midfielder Eberechi Eze is edging closer to a return to full fitness and cannot wait to feature in Patrick Vieira’s new-look side.
That’s according to journalist Tom Barclay, who also claimed the admiration is mutual between the player and manager despite Eze failing to make an appearance under the Frenchman.
The 23-year-old creative talent is continuing to work his way back from a serious Achilles injury sustained at the end of last season, although he appears to be nearing his comeback to the first team setup.
Under Vieira, Palace have played some entertaining and exciting football in the opening weeks of the new campaign after four pragmatic years under predecessor Roy Hodgson, and Eze is eager to play his part.
Speaking about the attacking midfielder, Barclay told GIVEMESPORT: “He’s massively highly-rated, really well-liked, really infectious enthusiasm, loves Vieira.
“I don’t know if you saw that video talking about Vieira, seems to really, really buy into his methods and his style of play, and the way he goes about things.”
Last season, no Eagles player bettered or matched Eze’s tally of six Premier League assists and he also produced the most key passes and dribbles, with average totals of 1.3 and 1.9 per league game respectively, as per WhoScored.
The former Queens Park Rangers man was also Palace’s third-highest goalscorer, bagging four strikes in his 34 top-flight outings for the south London club.
Therefore, the arrival of a far more attack-minded manager at Selhurst Park could bring out even more productivity in the final third of the pitch from the 23-year-old when he eventually returns from injury.
Vieira’s arrival could see the ex-Nice manager and the £18m-rated Eze establish a formidable duo in south London, and the club’s supporters could be desperate for the attacking midfielder to join the ongoing revolution at Palace.