Date: 29th July 2020 at 6:30pm
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Newcastle have reportedly entered the race for Championship starlet Eberechi Eze, though it appears that West Ham United may be the front runners for the Queens Park Rangers midfielder. Nevertheless, the Magpies should fend off competition from the Irons, something they failed to do when trying to acquire Jarrod Bowen in January, due to the Magpies’ valuation of him. The 23-year-old winger who arrived at the London Stadium on a five-and-a-half-year deal helped ensure the Hammers’ survival with four assists in his last seven matches.

This time around the Magpies must not miss out as Eze is in the same position as Bowen was, entering the final year of his contract with QPR. Although it has been reported that the second-tier side are holding out for £20m, it has also been suggested that he could leave for considerably less. There is potentially a bargain to be had with the 22-year-old and considering Newcastle’s budget this summer has been slashed to £35m plus player sales, Steve Bruce could do with making some cut-price additions.

Queens Park Rangers may have finished the Championship season in 13th spot, but Eze was phenomenal in the second tier throughout the 2019/20 campaign. No other player in Mark Warburton’s side even came close to his incredible ten Man of the Match awards, with Grant Hall coming second having twice been named Man of the Match.

The 22-year-old also started every match in the Championship for the R’s, 46 games, epitomising his ever-present nature in Mark Warburton’s side, something no other R’s player achieved this term.

However, where Eze impressed most was by, scoring 14 goals from the engine room, as well as providing eight assists. In total, the England U21 international’s goals and assists compromised 32 per cent of the R’s league strikes, almost a third of the 67 goals QPR bagged in the 2019/20 campaign.

Newcastle have been desperate for goals this term, with both Andy Carroll and Yoshinori Muto failing to find the net all season long despite being centre forwards. Eze’s strikes from the middle of the park would be a welcome addition to Bruce’s squad, and he has proven to be incredibly tactically flexible, lining up in seven different midfield roles this term.

Given what Eze could add to the Newcastle squad it is imperative that the club do not let the midfielder slip through their fingers as Bowen did in January. He has a bright future ahead of him and may be available for a bargain given he’s entered the final year of his deal. Furthermore, at just 22-years-old Eze could turn a handsome profit in the future.