Crystal Palace are not a “one-man team” by any stretch of the imagination.
Such a moniker was perhaps appropriate for the Eagles at times during Wilfried Zaha’s tenure in South London but these days it’s very much a team effort at Selhurst Park.
That being said, there’s no doubt Eberechi Eze (£3.6m) is a key player for the current crop.
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Dream Team managers know this as well as the Palace fans as the 25-year-old was among the very best assets in his position up until Gameweek 7, at which point a hamstring injury sidelined him for the duration of October.
In the 132 minutes he’s played since returning to full fitness, Eze has banked 15 points.
Palace’s No10 came off the bench to provide an assist against Burnley in Gameweek 11 and he scored against Everton just prior to the international break.
Essentially, he’s picked up where he left off.
It will be interesting to see how many Dream Team gaffers transfer Eze into their teams ahead of Gameweek 13.
Hodgson’s side aren’t among the eight teams set to pull double duty via the European competitions but their Premier League fixture is a favourable one in the form of a trip to Luton.
The Hatters mustered an impressive draw against Liverpool last time out at Kenilworth Road but the fact remains they have registered just one win since promotion (away to Everton) and they’re only above the relegation zone right now because of the Toffees’ recent points deduction.Eze hopes to make Gareth Southgate’s squad for Euro 2024[/caption]
Without being harsh on Rob Edwards’ men, they represent a friendly match-up in the world of Dream Team.
And given that Eze averages 7.1 points-per-game this season, it seems reasonable to expect a decent haul.
For context, Jarrod Bowen (£5.2m), James Maddison (£4.2m) and Bukayo Saka (£6.5m) are the only midfielders who average more points-per-game in 2023/24.
This isn’t a short-term punt either as every Premier League team will play twice in Gameweek 14 and Eze’s double of West Ham and Bournemouth looks relatively favourable on paper.
No discussion of Eze’s Dream Team viability would be complete without a mention of bonus points.
The England international has earned 23 bonus points this campaign.
James Ward-Prowse (£4.2m) is the only player with more to his name and that’s largely because he’s played five games more than Eze, who boasts impressive dribbling statistics.
Eze currently features in 4.4% of teams – making him a potentially brilliant differential option.
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