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West Ham United Facing Fulham & Crystal Palace Competition For English Midfielder: Right Fit For Moyes?

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West London Sport has recently claimed that West Ham United are facing fierce competition for Queens Park Rangers midfielder Eberechi Eze this summer. The Hammers will have battle it out with Fulham and Crystal Palace in pursuit of the English playmaker during this summer transfer window (via West London Sport).

Eze’s Sensational Rise At The English Capital

The 22-year-old was in fine form at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium in the previous campaign as he put in a series of eye-catching displays as a vital component of the QPR attack. Eze ended up making 48 appearances for the London outfit last season, finding the back of the net on 14 occasions and securing eight assists across all fronts.

The former Arsenal player showed his true worth by averaging 1.2 tackles, 0.5 interceptions, 2.2 shots, 1.8 key passes, 3.0 dribbles and 1.2 crosses per 90 minutes in the EFL Championship. He even managed to spread the ball well across the field efficiently after completing 86.5% of his attempted passes in the second tier of England (stats via whoscored).

The England Under-21 international has experienced a remarkable rise at White City but might fancy his chances of receiving regular first-team starts in the Premier League next season as so many top-flight clubs are hoping to land him in this off-season.

West Ham United facing fierce competition for Eberechi Eze who is seen in the photo
Eberechi Eze of QPR in action during the Sky Bet Championship match between Queens Park Rangers and Derby County at The Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium on February 25, 2020, in London, England. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

What Will The English Whizkid Bring To The Table?

Eze is a fast and agile midfielder who has made a habit of completing some dangerous dribbles in and around the opponent’s penalty box. He has got great energy and is not afraid to produce a tireless display in the opposition half for the benefit of his teammates. More importantly, the English prospect has managed to turn himself into a prolific goal-getter and a consistent assist-maker in the Championship. However, one can argue whether he can replicate such numbers in the Premier League if he takes the step up to compete at the highest level in the upcoming campaign.

Is Eze The Right Fit For The Hammers?

West Ham boss David Moyes currently has Jarrod Bowen, Felipe Anderson, Manuel Lanzini, Robert Snodgrass and Pablo Fornals as his attacking midfield options at East London. The Hammers head coach has even preferred to deploy Mark Noble in a number ten role. To some extent, the West Ham captain passed the test with flying colours as he set-up numerous goal-scoring chances for his team that eventually helped them steer clear of the dreaded drop zone in the latter stages of the 2019-20 campaign.

However, an injection of quality is what the London club are in dire need of at the moment, which makes Eze a decent option for Moyes to consider before the start of the new season. The QPR attacker will be an ideal fit for West Ham as he has all the qualities needed to gradually become a success story at the London Stadium in the years to come. However, Moyes would need to be patient with his development. Otherwise, it won’t make sense for him to recruit someone as inexperienced as Eze because he might require some time to settle into life in the English top-flight.

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