After spending much of last season sidelined through injury, Eberechi Eze is starting to show exactly why he is so highly thought of at Crystal Palace.
The 2019/20 campaign saw Eze contribute a hugely impressive 14 goals and eight assists in 46 Championship appearances, averaging a 7.36 rating from WhoScored for his performances.
He has since gone on to make 60 appearances for the Eagles, in which he has hit five goals and assisted nine times, with his ability on the ball catching the eye on a number of occasions, with Christian Benteke commenting on the winger’s “magic” after he scored in a 2-0 win against Sheffield United.
The youngster was even set to be called up to England’s provisional Euro 2020 squad before he picked up a devastating Achilles injury that ruled him out for six months but now that he is back fully fit, you would imagine that a phone call from Gareth Southgate is not too far away.
So far this season, Eze has contributed two assists in six Premier League appearances, with his 7.03 rating from WhoScored ranking him as the third best performer in Patrick Vieira’s side, which emphasises the impact he is beginning to have in games.
No player in the Frenchman’s squad has contributed more key passes or dribbles per game, which highlights Eze’s progression from a player who is not just exciting to watch but is consistently producing chances in the final third.
When the 24-year-old joined from QPR, Transfermarkt valued Eze at just £16.2m and two years later, despite his injury issues, he is now valued at £22.5m, which represents a significant 38.8% increase so far.
If the youngster continues to perform in Vieira’s side as he has at the start of this season, and he earns that call-up to the England squad, you would only expect his value to soar during his time at Selhurst Park.
Therefore, CEO Steve Parish definitely struck gold when he sanctioned the deal for Eze in 2020, as Palace’s commitment to overhauling an ageing squad with exciting young talents is continuing to pay off.