Ebere Eze, Eberechi Eze

Eberechi Eze who is a target for Nigeria’s Super Eagles, was born in Greenwich, Greater London on 29 June, 1998. Eberechi Eze stands out as one of the promising talents that should be playing at a higher level. His dynamic style of play and technical abilities brings him a first-team spot at Queens Park Rangers.

Even under pressure, Eze shows his quick vision and attempts to look out for space where he can dribble the ball in.

Ebere Eze, who some consider Nigeria’s great attacking midfield hope, is one step away from being lost to the Super Eagles. Eze has grown from strength to strength at QPR, operating from a free midfield role that allows him the liberty of dropping his little technical bombs from all over the park. That unshackled rein has yielded three goals already this Championship season and made him a favourite with the Rangers fans.

He signed for Championship club Queens Park Rangers (QPR) on 3 August 2016 on a one-year contract after a two-year spell with fellow London club Millwall.

On 7 January 2017, he made his first-team debut in an FA Cup tie against Blackburn Rovers, featuring for 18 minutes before being replaced by Yeni Ngbakoto.

The game resulted in a 2–1 home defeat for QPR.

Eze joined League Two club Wycombe Wanderers on 30 August 2017 on loan until January 2018.

He signed a new three-year contract with QPR on 7 August 2018, contracting him to the club until June 2021.

He once trained with the Nigerian senior team, but was not picked by Coach Gernot Rohr. But on 5 October 2018, he was called up to the England national under-20 team and made his debut on 11 October in a 2–1 win against Italy in the Under 20 Elite League.

Statistically speaking, he has been pretty good for the club last season. On average, he made 25.48 passes (with the accuracy rate of 83.9%), 1.23 long passes (33.3%) and 3.36 passes to final third (74%) per game. He also took on 13.85 attacking duels per game, winning 40.4% of them. As a player who tends to dribble, he usually goes on with the ball by himself and completed 56% out of 5.36 dribbling attempts per game. In the defensive perspective, he is an active player that usually support his teammates. The numbers also indicate this statement too, with 4.03 defensive duels (won 54.1% of them), 2.23 interceptions and 3.49 recoveries per game.

Furthermore, Eze also creates chances for his teammates when he is inside the wide area. He will use his movement to attract the opposition’s defenders and create spaces behind their back. Besides utilising quick and short combinations with the teammates, crosses are also another option for Eze to create chances for the players that surround him.

But that is not his favourite option when he has possession, which shows in the average number of crosses that he made last season (0.59 crosses per game, completed 32% of them). In a wider role under Warburton, that number has seen a significant rise. Fully playing in four out of five games this season, he has registered an average of 1.17 crosses per game and completed half of it.

Besides being quick in planning the pathway that he could dribble in and noticed unoccupied spaces, he is confident in his dribbling ability. He also occasionally adds a bit of flair and eccentricity into his moves which allows him to dribble past his marker. This helps the team in recycling possession while encourages his teammates to make progressive runs in front of him and pick up the next pass.

Noticeably when Eze is being closed down by one of the opposition’s players, he tends to make a step quicker and uses his body to shield the ball. With his physicality, the player would find it hard to tackle the ball away from him. Meanwhile, any of Eze’s teammates who surround him will come short and offer to pick the ball up.

Future
Eberechi Eze is one of the most interesting prospects that we need to keep an eye on in the near future. He has been a key and consistent performer for Queens Park Rangers in their two recent seasons. In the role of a playmaker, his vision and passing ability help the team build their attacks more efficiently. Shifting towards a more dynamic role, he capitalises his strengths of positioning, spatial awareness and dribbling to create chances for himself and his teammates. He is also starting to pay more attention to be involved in the team’s defence, using his marking ability to track the run of the opposition’s player and put pressure on the build-up.

Eze is still far from what he can become. Consistent first-team football with Queens Park Rangers will help him develop his ability and skills which will benefit both the team and himself. Amid the rumours that big names are sniffing around him, he is aiming to contribute to the team’s play and helps them improve their record compared to last season.

Eberechi Eze Biography and Profile