Eberechi Eze says Crystal Palace youngster is a “crazy talent” – South London News

Eberechi Eze has described Malcolm Ebiowei as a “crazy talent” and wants to help the 18-year-old settle into life at Crystal Palace.

It was reported that the Eagles beat off competition from Manchester United, Monaco and Tottenham Hotspur to sign the Bermondsey-raised Ebiowei on a five-year deal.

The right-winger made 15 appearances, scored one goal and picked up two assists in his debut campaign in professional football for Derby County last season.

Ebiowei was a part of the Palace squad that travelled to Singapore and Australia for pre-season and made his first start for the club in the 3-1 loss to Manchester United.

“He’s a young boy with crazy, crazy talent,” said Eze of Ebiowei.

“I’m sure he will have his part to play in the season.

“I’m going to do as much as I can to help him because I have been in his position before, so I know what it’s like. 

“But I’m sure he will be fine.”

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With Conor Gallagher returning to Chelsea in the summer after his season-long loan came to an end, it could present Eze with a chance to play as the most advanced midfielder in Vieira’s side.

The 24-year-old grabbed two assists – setting up Wilfried Zaha for the first and curling a corner in for Marc Guehi to head home the fourth – in Saturday’s 4-2 win against French side Montpellier.

“Wherever I am on the pitch, I just want to play,” added Eze, who also played left of a four-man midfield under Roy Hodgson.

“It could be there – it could be in that [Conor Gallagher’s] role. If it’s in that role, then I am happy to do it. I want to do as much as I can – create and be as effective as I can for the team.”

Eze was a part of the squad that remained with assistant manager Osian Roberts for pre-season, playing friendlies against Gillingham and QPR.

“It was not ideal, but the boys have worked hard – we have all put in as much as we could,” said Eze of the groups being split.

“But performances such as that show that we are capable of coming back together and gelling quite well.”




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