One player who has been regularly linked with a move to St James’ Park over the past few months is Hull City’s Jarrod Bowen – but he isn’t the Championship star we should be looking at in January.
Instead, our talent spotters should be demanding that we make a move for Ebere Eze – the QPR star who looks far too good for the second tier and a an absolutely electric talent.
Granted he’s still just 21, but if those who dictate our transfer policy are going to continue buying young players with high potential and the ability to step up to Premier League, Eze looks like the perfect candidate.
The England U-21 international can play as a no.10 or out wide and has dazzled in the Championship so far this season, bagging 6 goals and 3 assists to fire what was an ordinary QPR side up to 4th.
He’s explosive and direct, with the pace and trickery of a winger, but also the brains and balance of a cultured number 10. He may be raw in areas, however he looks a huge talent whose potential knows no bounds.
His latest man of the match display came at Hull over the weekend, with him not only scoring twice (and winning a penalty), but tormenting the Tigers defence from start to finish:
Some are wary of ‘Championship players’, and our £10m move for Jacob Murphy doesn’t help my argument here, but there’s several players in the second tier who are more than capable of cutting it in the top flight – and Eze looks like of one them.
Eyebrows were raised when Leicester City paid over £20m to sign a 21-year-old James Maddison from Norwich last year, but just look at him now. He must be worth triple that in today’s market.
If Mike Ashley and co. are serious about young talent and players they can bring in at affordable fees and sell on for big bucks, they should look no further than Ebere Eze – a player who’s potential exceeds alleged January Jarrod Bowen.