Roy Hodgson Delighted As Eberechi Eze Dazzles In Crystal Palace Debut
By Amaechi Agbo
Eligible Nigeria player, Eberechi Eze has earned the Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson’s admiration after he dazzled during his debut for the club in a friendly on Saturday
Eberechi Eze shone on his Crystal Palace first match as the Eagles cruised to a 3-0 win over Charlton in a pre-season clash with their south London rivals with manager, Hodgson’s praise thereafter.
Eze has joined from Queens Park Rangers on a five-year deal last week
“We’re really pleased to be able to welcome Eberechi Eze to the club,” Hodgson said.
“He’s a player that we have followed and admired for a long time now, and a player who has enormous potential to build on the last two fine seasons he’s had at Queens Park Rangers which has also resulted in him breaking in to the England Under-21s squad.
“Alongside recent signing Nathan Ferguson, we are assembling the pieces of our jigsaw with regard to bringing in some fresh, young players to our squad who will provide the quality and energy we have highlighted as being necessary for us to take the next steps forward.
“He is an ambitious and dedicated young man whose future looks extremely bright. I am delighted that it will be with us.”
The 22-year-old enjoyed a promising first 45 minutes for his new side, combining well with Andros Townsend and Wilfried Zaha and injecting plenty of energy into Roy Hodgson’s attack.
Jordan Ayew struck the post in the first-half but Palace were unable to break the deadlock in the first period. Ayew found the target in the second, however, tapping home from close range after 62 minutes from a Zaha cross.
Ayew doubled the lead shortly after, firing into the roof of the net after neat build-up play from the hosts.
Zaha wrapped up the win late on with a fine individual effort, skinning two Charlton defenders inside the box before lashing home.