Journalist Taylor Rockwell has recently praised Eberechi Eze and he believes that the new Crystal Palace signing is a ‘very exciting’ talent.
Rockwell was a guest on the latest episode of the Total Soccer Show and the panel discussed multiple issues in European football. They also talked about Palace and this led to them discussing the club’s signing of Eze from Queens Park Rangers. Rockwell had big praise for the 22-year-old attacking midfielder.
Palace signed Eze from QPR in late August for a fee that could rise to £20 million. The player had also attracted interest from other clubs like Fulham, West Ham United and Newcastle United as well (as per Sky Sports).
When talking about Eze, Rockwell said that the former QPR man is ‘quicker than defenders expect him to be’ and had a lot of praise for his abilities.
He said: “Eberechi Eze is a youngster coming in from QPR, and my first specific prediction is that he’ll ‘meg’ someone in his first three games. Not necessarily every single game, but at least one meg.
“He’s a very tall gentleman, but with very tight control and because of that, I think he’s quicker than defenders expect him to be for as tall as he is.
Is Eze good enough for a Premier League level?
“And so they tend to think they’ve got a little bit more time to set up and get in the right position, and he causes problems that way. And then what I see is defenders counter that by diving in and making big challenges to extinguish a threat early, and where he really excels is shaping to pass or shoot and then just doing that one little extra touch after he does [it].”
He also said: “I don’t know if he’s necessarily going to light it up in terms of goals, I’m not even sure if that’s quite what he’s coming in for as opposed to chance creation and causing problems, but I do think he’s going to be a very exciting player for Palace this season.”
The 22-year-old was pretty impressive for QPR in the Championship last season, as he made 46 appearances in the league and he found the back of the net 14 times. He also racked up eight assists for the club, picking up a rating of 7.36. As a result, he was the club’s best-performing player in the Championship campaign.
This shows that Eze certainly has a lot of talent and he has proved himself at Championship level. At 22, he might still improve as a footballer and Palace can only hope that this leads to him becoming an established Premier League player in the future.