www.fansnetwork.co.uk/football/queensparkrangers/news/51447/eze-listening--podcast Really enjoyed the Eze Listening Podcast - recorded yesterday at the Birmingham hotel. He really comes over as a decent good guy. Good stuff about being a Christian and the parental influences. I also enjoyed the stuff about his penalty taking. It would be wonderful if he could remain grounded for the future. But he is a big star at a second tier club, playing every week and enjoying his football. If he is sold in the near future, he will probably be a substitute for the next 2 seasons, possibly even being loaned out to get game time. If that happens, he may well change and that would be a shame. I hope that when we do have to let him go that he can be loaned back to continue his development. Some discussion on the podcast about the affection that the fans feel for Eze, with the suggestion that he is the most popular since Charlie Austin.
Roller & myself go to Rangers with a lady who met Eze after the Brentford match. At his insistence!
It comes as no surprise to us that he is so grounded. He has a lot of confidence in his own ability (as he should have), but the word arrogance is not in his vocabulary or his nature.
I fully expect him to be still with us come February for the following reasons (my feelings, not what Eze said to our friend):-
1) It is hard to imagine a realistic offer being received from a club that would be right for his future development. Only teams with relegation problems will be in the market, or the big boys looking towards the future.
2) He will not move until he is convinced the move is right for him & his career.
3) He loves playing & his side playing good football. Why move somewhere to play in their under 21's or to a team like Burnley where the ball constantly flies over your head!
He is playing for Queens Park Rangers & I'm very pleased to see him in blue & white hoops! I will enjoy that for as long as it lasts!
Seeing players like Eze, Chair and Bright develop really generates the QPR feelgood factor. But the added benefit from their development is that in the past there really was no reason for young talent to even consider QPR. But the article I posted on the Transfer thread regarding Jaden Blissett is case in point. If there is any truth to the story then the youngster will be considering staying with Brentford, moving to a young Charlton team (currently struggling), Aston Villa (play for their under 21s on good money), or QPR who are actively developing young talent by playing them in the first team. It may well be that Blissett is one of a number who are on the radar should we lose Eze in either of the next 2 windows. But if Eze does move on for big money, he will leave us as a big advertisement to others of our development skills. Credit for that goes to Chris Ramsay and Paul Hall. Love him to stay though.....
Eze needs to stay one more season in the Championship. Preferably with us, but if not us then somewhere he can develop.
It was similar with Grealish at Villa. The season they went down it was obvious he was going to be their best player but he was no way ready for the Premier League at that point and Villa were already pinning their hopes on him saving their relegation season.
It was a step too much for him.
Had he had gone to Spurs the season Villa went down it would have ruined him, IMO.
But the 2 seasons Villa spent in the Championship were absolutely the right thing for Grealish. It allowed him to develop and hone his craft so that he was a genuine Premier League quality player by the time Villa got back into the big time.
As for Eze? He’s got more natural ability than Grealish, but right now you’d rather have Grealish than Eze because Grealish is a bit further on in his development and has a better all round game. Give Eze another season in the Championship next year and you’ll have a Premier League ready talent at the end of it.