Leeds United will host Queens Park Rangers at Elland Road in Saturday’s Championship clash and Marcelo Bielsa must be concerned about Eberechi Eze.
At what point do we admit that Eberechi Eze is just too good for the Championship?
When the QPR number ten capped off a masterclass against Luton Town in September with a laser-like 25-yard rocket which flew into the corner of the visitors net and sent Loftus Road into raptures?
How about the time he had Blackburn Rovers dancing wearily to his own tune, or when he won not one but two penalties in a single afternoon against Hull City?
In total, the most exciting player to emerge out of this part of West London since a certain Raheem Sterling has scored or assisted 10 goals in 14 Championship games this season, almost single-handedly turning Mark Warburton’s QPR into genuine play-off contenders.
Another dazzling display against Leeds United, at a raucous Elland Road no less, would perhaps represent Eze’s crowning moment as the most influential, exciting, technically gifted footballer in the second tier right now.
Though you can bet on one thing; this two-footed 21-year-old isn’t going to catch Leeds cold. Marcelo Bielsa and co know all about him and his twinkling toes.
According to talkSPORT in March, Leeds were interested in signing Eze over the summer. Back then, he was enigmatic yet erratic, equally capable of ripping teams apart as he was flitting around the periphery.
Eight months on, Eze appears to have left that inconsistency behind and Saturday’s trip to West Yorkshire gives him the ideal opportunity to show, not only to Leeds but to the entire Championship, just how far he has come.
These days, the only hope Leeds have of bringing Eze to Elland Road is if Bielsa guides them back to the Promised Land with the riches of the Premier League giving owner Andrea Radrizzani access to funds that they can only dream about right now.
If Aston Villa in the summer of 2018 were demanding £40 million and not a penny less for Jack Grealish (Sky), how much is Eze worth right now? Whisper it, but he’s actually performing better these days than Grealish was back then and QPR should take a leaf out of Villa’s book and demand a Championship-record fee when the vultures inevitably start to swoop.