Crystal Palace’s purchase of Eberechi Eze from QPR stands out as one of the most exciting deals of the transfer window.
The Eagles beat a host of other top-flight clubs to Eze’s signature, with his desire to stay in London leading him to choose Selhurst Park over a switch to West Brom, who also agreed a fee with QPR.
Eze is best used as a No10 but can also play out wide and has been employed as a striker too.
Those who have watched or worked with him rave about his ability to outwit opponents.
“He goes past players easier than Raheem Sterling did,” former QPR coach Marc Bircham said.
“Sterling would beat players with pace or do a trick or a chop – it’s all dynamic movements. But Ebere Eze just glides past players.”
While he completed the most take-ons (135) in the Championship last season and was the second most fouled player (107), beating players is not the only string to Eze’s bow.
The 22-year-old notched up eight assists last year and created 83 goalscoring opportunities – the most for any player aged 22 or under in the league.
He rarely gives the ball away, loves to dictate the flow of a game and will look to get on the ball even more if he feels the tempo is slow and needs picking up.
Eze found it hard to shake off the tag of luxury player during his younger years, bouncing around numerous London clubs before finding a home at QPR in 2016, but those doubts are long gone.
He started all 46 league games for QPR in the 2019-20 season and missed just 77 minutes of football, notching 14 goals alongside his eight assists.
That was up from four goals and four assists the previous campaign and his work-rate off the ball was also a notable addition under Mark Warburton.
Eze is a player ready to make his mark on the Premier League.
Eberechi Eze facts and stats
Name: Eberechi Eze
Position: Attacking Midfielder
Former clubs: QPR (112 apps, 20 goals) Wycombe – loan (22 apps, 5 goals)
Transfer fee: £19.5m