Crystal Palace have signed 22-year-old Eberechi Eze from Queens Park Rangers on a five-year contract.
The versatile young star has crossed London in a reported £16 million deal.
The likes of West Ham and Tottenham had been linked, but the player has chosen to join Palace as confirmed by CPFC.co.uk.
Eze has arguably been QPR’s star man since making his debut in 2017/18.
The two seasons since then saw him rack up a very impressive 88 Championship appearances, despite only turning 22 in June.
2019/20 was undoubtedly the campaign that brought him to nationwide attention.
He scored 14 goals and assisted eight more in 46 starts, helping his side to a mid-table finish.
Along with his excellent output, Eze’s dribbling ability and range of tricks have seen him labelled as one of the outstanding young talents in English football.
Eze has been called up to the latest England u21 squad. However he could still decide to play for Nigeria at senior level.
He was destined to move to a Premier League club this summer, and Roy Hodgson’s men have won the race.
Is Crystal Palace a good fit for Eze?
Signing Eze was a no-brainer for any mid-table Premier League team for a few reasons.
He has produced great numbers for a player that is still so young. Palace also badly needed an injection of youth into their ageing squad.
Eze is homegrown and his playing style will ensure that he is a big hit with the fans.
He has played basically everywhere in midfield – as a no.8, a no.10, a left-winger and a right-winger.
While his output out wide on the left is quite good, there is no doubt that Eberechi Eze is at his best in the centre of the park.
He is a natural, almost Brazilian-style no.10, but can also play deeper in a three-man midfield.
His range of passing and dribbling in tight areas are wasted out wide. He also does not possess the flat-out pace that top-level wingers have.
The signing of Eze makes Palace’s starting XI look a lot more promising.
Any two of Luka Milivojević, Cheikhou Kouyaté, James McCarthur or James McCarthy could play in a double pivot with Eze ahead of them.
Andros Townsend does a job on the right, while Eagles’ fans will hope that Wilfried Zaha stays and plays on the left.
Jordan Ayew has had a decent season up top and will look to build on that next season.
More new signings could still bolster the side
One problem could be Roy Hodgson’s fondness of playing 4-4-2. If he sticks to this formation, it is hard to see where Eze fits in.
All the same, Palace are lucky to have signed such a talented player.
The likelihood is that he will perform well for a few seasons before the Eagles sell him on for a profit.