Queens Park Rangers didn’t have much to cheer in the weekend’s loss to Sheffield United at Loftus Road, but a clear positive was Ebere Eze.
The 20-year-old undeniable talent had one of his best games yet for many fans and the game against the Blades saw him double his club account as he found the back of the net to give us the early lead before the visitors came back into the game.
There are huge hopes for Eze, and sadly huge expectations on his young shoulders – and he’s not the only one – and fans have to ensure the pressure from the stands doesn’t build in a way that holds him back, but he’ll certainly take a personal confidence boost from opening his account for the year even if there overriding feeling is disappointment as we slipped to back to back defeats.
Whoscored and their algorithm not only had Eze as our best rated player from the 90 minutes, even though United took the win he eclipsed the performances of their players as well.
Five on target out of six, two key passes, a pass accuracy of 88.2%, 53 touches, 2 dribbles, and even one tackle on a defensive front gave him an overall rating of 8.12.
No other player came close in either side, but Josh Scowen pulled 7.65 with Luke Freeman on 7.23.
The kids stock continues to grow and if he can show some consistency, Freeman might have been a battle this permanent window (and we may still have issues whilst the loan market remains open as buy deals aren’t prohibited) but Eze could easily eclipse that in January.
Maybe the Premier League is a stretch right now given his relative development and experience, I can think of a few Championship sides where he could walk into their first team.