Newcastle United have expressed interest in QPR’s rising star, but would the youngster be good business for the Magpies?
Newcastle United have no sense of direction as a result of the takeover still being in pending status. Richard Masters and other decision makers involved in the review process continue to drag the process out.
The Magpies have been linked to several notable players across Europe ever since the paperwork for the takeover was submitted to the Premier League. Players like Gareth Bale, Philippe Coutinho, Nabil Fekir, Edinson Cavani and many others have all been rumored to be on the club’s radar.
A new report from Tyneside claims that another name has been added to the Magpies’ long list of transfer targets. The report states that Newcastle United are interested in securing the services of QPR forward Eberechi Eze.
The 21-year-old has been directly involved in 20 goals for QPR this season, scoring 12 and providing eight assists. Eze is considered to be one of the top talents at QPR and in the Championship.
Former Newcastle United legend Les Ferdinand is the Director of Football at QPR and he describes Eze as a rare talent. Ferdinand thinks Eze is a natural talent who is completely comfortable with the ball at his feet and is too good for the Championship.
There is no doubt that Eze is a talented attacking player with the potential to be great, but could he perform consistently in the Top Flight? Newcastle United supporters are cautious of links to Championship players because of their experience with Dwight Gayle.
Gayle was a star in the second tier of English football with 20+ goals per season, but he has been a major disappointment in the Premier League. The Magpies were interested in Jarrod Bowen earlier this season, but their indecisiveness allowed West Ham to hijack the deal at the last minute.
Players like James Maddison, Chris Wood and Harry Wilson have been fantastic in the Premier League since coming up from the Championship. Eze could be another one of those players.
In addition, Eze’s confidence and skill on the ball in front of goal would be more meaningful to Newcastle United than what Yoshinori Muto and Andy Carroll bring to the table. Eze is an exciting prospect who can bring some individual brilliance in the final third of the pitch for the Toon, but he would only be a stellar signing if he can be paired with a seasoned veteran who can help him develop.
Adjusting to life in the Premier League is no easy task, especially for a young player from England’s lower divisions, but Newcastle United’s scouts believe Eze has what it takes.
What are your thoughts regarding this potential transfer: should Newcastle United bring the 21-year-old to St. James’ Park?