The gradual rise of Crystal Palace winger, Eberechi Eze in the Premier League is no doubt a welcome development for the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) ahead of the Super Eagles’ resumption of the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers this year.
Eze is currently the subject of war between England and Nigeria. The 22-year-old currently represents the Three Lions at the U-21 level, but he is also eligible to play for the three-time African champions.
Eze, whose recent eye-catching performances in the colors of Crystal Palace has been applauded by the English press, may still be convinced by the NFF to represent the senior national team.
Eze first trained with the Nigeria squad in March 2017, when they visited London for friendlies against Senegal and Burkina Faso at The Hive Stadium, home of Barnet FC and the London Bees. However, the latter fixture was canceled.
Interestingly, the Three Lions of England are yet to recognize the quality talent of Eze regardless of the fact that he has represented the team at the youth level. With lots of talents at their disposal, Eze may be way behind the pecking order compared to if he decides to play for the Super Eagles.
The youngster attracted attention from across the Premier League, having been one of only nine outfielders to start every single Championship game in 2019/20 before his move to Crystal Palace. A total of 14 assists and eight goals from his 46 appearances in Queens Park Rangers’ midfield made it inevitable he would do so.
He creates more through his dribbling than his passing and is able to kill the ball dead with one touch and to work his way out of crowded areas.
He has a brilliant vision and an awareness of his surroundings, which allows him – even without particularly outstanding passing ability – to pick out passes many others would not be able to.
Eze also poses a huge threat from dead balls. He is exceptionally composed at penalties, opting for the goalkeeper-dependent method used by the likes of Eden Hazard, where the taker watches and waits for his opponent to move before slotting the ball into the opposite corner.
There is no doubt that Eze’s addition to the Super Eagles squad will further strengthen the team ahead of the team’s crucial clash against the Squirrels of Benin in a 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier on March 22, 2021.
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