Crystal Palace are interested in young creative midfielder Eberechi Eze, according to QPR’s sporting director, Les Ferdinand, who was speaking on the Beautiful Game podcast.
According to the former England striker, the Eagles haven’t submitted a bid, for now, so it seems as though they are just scouting Eze to see if he can keep performing well. When talking about South London side’s interest in the 21-year-old, Ferdinand supported this by saying, “they made an enquiry about him and that was it.”
Given he’s averaging more shots per game than anyone in the Palace squad (2.2 to 1.6, via WhoScored) and only Wilfried Zaha (with 4.7) makes more dribbles (3) over the same period, it’s certainly easy to see why there’s apparent interest.
It seems like it could be a potential replacement for Max Meyer, a player who journalist Matt Woosnam has said, via The Athletic, will be allowed to leave in the summer. When the German arrived on a free transfer in July 2018 from Schalke, per Transfermarkt, it was seen as a coup considering his attacking creativity as he managed 45 goal contributions in 192 games, which is around one contribution every four games.
However, since he arrived at Selhurst Park, he has only managed to score twice and assist three times in 51 games. Given Dom Fifield referenced the club’s wage budget as being a problem for them when it comes to looking to add players, it’s easy to see why they’d want to shift a man currently picking up £170k-per week (via the Daily Mail). While they’d have to pay Eze obviously, it’s surely hard to imagine a player coming from the second tier on that kind of money.
Eze’s season has been outstanding when looking at the stats above and, considering he averages more key passes, shots, dribbles, crosses and long balls per game, surely he’d be a better option.
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