If Tottenham Hotspur are going to sign anyone this month it seems more than likely that they’ll arrive from the Championship, and QPR’s Eberechi Eze is one of a multitude of talented second-tier prospect who have caught the eye of Mauricio Pochettino and Daniel Levy this season.
Indeed, according to a recent report from the Daily Mail’s live transfer blog (14:22), QPR have placed a £10 million asking price on Eze’s head, with Tottenham, Bournemouth, Crystal Palace and Brighton all interested in signing the 20-year-old.
On paper, Eze fits the description of the type of signing Tottenham appear to be in the market for: he is English, has huge scope for development and relatively well priced.
Jack Grealish’s decision to sign a new deal at Aston Villa earlier in the season has presumably taken his asking price beyond what Levy would be prepared to offer, so Eze certainly represents a more financially viable alternative at just £10 million, and Mousa Dembele’s £11 million departure could have paved the way for a January bid.
But who exactly is Eze and what could be bring to Spurs? Well, the 5’8″ attacking midfielder was actually released by Arsenal during the early stages of his youth career, with concerns over his diminutive stature forcing him out the exit door. That decision may well have made sense at the time but his exponential rate of improvement in recent years hints that the Gunners may live to regret that decision.
Eze is at his scintillating best in a number ten role, where he is handed the freedom to flourish creatively, utilising his tight ball control, natural desire to dribble with the ball at his feet and intricate link-up play to brilliant effect.
QPR currently sit just four points off 6th place Derby in the playoff positions, but Steve McLaren’s side would not be on the cusp of a potential promotion bid without Eze’s influence.
A return of four goals and four assists from 27 Championship appearances is a very respectable return for a player of Eze’s limited experience. But the wonderkid’s influence extends beyond his decisive influence in the final-third, as his dribbling ability and desire to unlock the opponent with his incisive vision are often the main source of QPR’s attacking inspiration.
Eze’s development under McLaren hints that there is enormous talent waiting to be unlocked, and under Pochettino he would be excellently placed to realise the full extent of his potential.
A January move is unlikely to be in Eze’s best interests and he should finish what he started with QPR before making a decision on his future but, if the R’s fail to win promotion, he would be wise to move across the capital to Tottenham and show Arsenal why they were foolish to let him go.
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