After seeing both of his summer transfer targets disappear before his very eyes, Roy Hodgson must unleash Crystal Palace ace Eberechi Eze against Fulham.
But the Brentford star joined West Ham instead, whilst Sarr ended up staying at Watford after the Hornets rejected a £25m bid from Palace for the 22-cap Senegal international.
Despite missing out on both their key targets, it may have a positive impact on one player who is already at the club.
Big things are expected from Eze after he arrived in the summer from Queens Park Rangers for a fee that could rise to £20m, becoming the club’s second arrival of the transfer window.
The highly-rated England U21 international – who is valued at £16m via Transfermarkt – made quite the impression at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium last season, as he started every game for Mark Warburton’s side in the English second division. scoring 14 goals and supplying 8 assists in the Championship, whilst he averaged 2.2 shots, 1.8 key passes and 3 dribbles per game, via WhoScored.
Despite the fact the 22-year-old has already made four appearances in the Premier League so far, including twice featuring from the bench, it’s safe to say that he would have been looking nervously over his shoulder amid Palace’s interest in both players.
In the end the Eagles failed to sign an attacking midfielder, which is what Hodgson will have wanted all along, as it’s an open secret that Wilfried Zaha is angling for a move away from Selhurst Park.
Once lauded as a “fantastic” player by QPR chief executive Lee Hoos, this has paved the way for Eze to stake his claim in the starting XI.
If the speedster can cement his place in the side, Hodgson could start to build a dream attack that Palace fans have been craving for so long. He just needs to be guaranteed game time, which is no easy task.
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