Who is Sheffield United-linked Eberechi Eze? All you need to know about the £12m-rated star
The January transfer window opens tomorrow, and a number Premier League sides will be looking to strengthen their sides ahead of a gruelling second half of the 2019/20 campaign.
Sheffield United have been linked with a host of players over the last couple of months, the most recent being Queens Park Rangers sensation Eberechi Eze, who has been dazzling in the Championship with some eye-catching displays this season.
Here's everything you need to know about the 21-year-old Blades-linked star...
Who has he played for previously?
He came up through the Millwall youth academy, before joining QPR in 2016 after the Lions released him. He's been with his current club ever since, bar a brief loan spell with Wycombe Wanderers.
What position does he play in?
The archetypal Chris Wilder player, Eze is capable of operating effectively in a number of positions.
In the current campaign he's played on both wings in advanced and more defensive positions depending on formation, as well as in central midfield and the number ten role.
Where could he fit into Chris Wilder's starting XI?
Given the player’s invaluable versatility, He could do a job in a number of positions for the Blades. He'd most likely slot into their midfield three, boosting their creativity and pace.
However, while Wilder doesn't tend to play advanced wingers, Eze’s strong work ethic and defensive nous could also see him do a decent job providing George Baldock with some serious competition for the right wing-back spot.
What is his style of play?
Wherever he plays, he's a fabulous playmaker capable of carving teams apart with his passing ability – both short and long-range.
On top of that, he's pretty rapid, and his mesmerising dribbling ability makes him an absolute nightmare for defenders to deal with.
What are his stats like this season?
He's been omnipresent in the Hoops' XI, starting all of their 25 Championship games so far.
Eze has scored nine goals and made four assists this season, which isn't half bad for a side languishing in mid-table.
Has he got any international caps?
At youth level, yes. He picked up six caps for England's U20s where he scored four goals, and currently has three caps for the U21s, where he's scored twice.
He's also trained with the Nigeria senior side, and, much like with Chelsea's Tammy Abraham earlier in the season, there is likely to be a fierce scrap between England and the West African side to secure the starlet's services.
As things stand, he’s a distant 50-1 to get into the England Euro 2020 squad, but the fact he’s even been priced up shows his potential to make a big breakthrough in the not too distant future.
How much is he likely to cost?
£12 million is the figure being bandied around at the moment, but Wilder is known for possessing an exceptional ability for driving down asking prices.
The player still has 18 months left on his contract, so he's unlikely to cost as much as Brentford's Ollie Watkins - another Blades target - whose deal expires in 2023.