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Profit Players: QPR picked up a gem of a free transfer in Eberechi Eze

This article forms part of our Profit Players feature series, which is where Football Transfer Tavern takes a look at how well a player has fared since being signed or sold, using statistical figures and statements from pundits to prove how good of a deal the club managed to achieve.

In 2016, Eberechi Eze’s football career appeared to be fizzling out.

The midfielder was released by Millwall after failing to secure professional terms at the club, and he was working part-time at Tesco after that and had a number of unsuccessful trials (via talkSPORT).

He considered quitting football altogether. Indeed he told talkSPORT: “I was thinking about plan B and potentially going to university or college.”

However, it all changed for him when Queens Park Rangers offered him a second chance. Technical director Chris Ramsey invited Eze in for a trial period and the youngster managed to do enough to convince the club to offer him a deal and he has not looked back since.

After a loan spell at Wycombe Wanderers, the midfielder began breaking into the QPR first team in the second half of the 17/18 season making eight starts and appearing 20 times in total in the Championship (via Transfermarkt).

He then became a regular last season, starting 37 of the R’s Championship fixtures, scoring four goals and creating four assists in that time (Transfermarkt).

However, this season he appears to have pushed on to the next level. In just 13 league games he has already scored more goals than he managed in the entire of last season (6) and has also provided three assists (Transfermarkt). Indeed, looking deeper into the stats, he’s averaging the second-highest number of shots per game (2.4, per WhoScored), the second-highest number of key passes over the same period (1.8), the most dribbles (2.8) and boasts the highest pass completion rate (89%).

That form has helped QPR make a fine start to the 19/20 season, indeed they sit in fifth place after 13 games with seven wins already to their name (via BBC Sport).

His performances have led to him attracting admiring glances from clubs in the Premier League, with both Tottenham Hotspur and Southampton (The Sun) reportedly interested in the 21-year-old.

If he continues to play at the level he is doing, it won’t be long before a firm offer is made by a Premier League club. One thing is for sure however, having joined QPR for free in 2016, if they do sell him (Transfermarkt already rate him at £4.5m) then they will make a huge profit on him.

Queens Park Rangers fans, how impressed have you been with Eberechi Eze this season? And how much would you value him at in today’s transfer market? Let us know in the comments below…

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Profit Players: QPR picked up a gem of a free transfer in Eberechi Eze
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