This Saturday sees the English Football League kick-off after its conclusion last May.
And one player that looks set to take the Championship by storm is Eberechi Eze of Queens Park Rangers.
Eze, 20, was brought into QPR during 2016 from fellow Championship club, Millwall, for free. The Englishman (who can choose to play for Nigeria due to his parents) is an attacking midfielder, who this season has been given the responsibility of wearing the no.10 shirt.
The youngster spent the first half of last season on loan at Wycombe Wanderers before being recalled to QPR by then manager, Ian Holloway.
In that first part of the season while on loan, it was apparent that Eze was far too good for League Two and when given the chance to showcase his skills at a higher level he was still able to do so.
Eze’s most impressive attribute is his footballing brain, one that is beyond most 20-year olds, it is obvious by his composure and confidence to receive the ball in any position and still appear to have plenty of time on the ball and to secure possession at all times.
Matching this mental strength to be steps ahead of everyone else with his technical ability – an accomplished first touch and exceptional ability to bypass the opposition by dribbling or passing – and you have the beginnings of a great player.
At 20, he is obviously still raw and inexperienced at this level but this season has the potential to be a big step in his short career.
Steve McClaren will play a huge role in how Eze does this season. McClaren is a manager who likes to keep the ball on the ground and pass – a team tactic that will suit Eze.
But despite Eze’s talent and potential to grow, there will be times where the fans will need to be patient and McClaren will have to withdraw him from the spotlight.
Eze’s versatility to also be able to play out wide as well as behind a striker means that there is no reason why he cannot get the necessary game time when different tactics are required.
The season ahead for Eze is one of excitement and one where he should be aiming to emulate the success of Ryan Sessegnon of Fulham in the previous campaign.
QPR’s biggest issue may be that Eze is currently in the final year of his contract and with the potential for him to start negotiating with other sides come January, coinciding with the club’s transfer embargo in the same month, that they could lose one of their biggest talents in years for nothing.
The prediction is that Eze will be at least nominated for the Young Player of the Year awards, and if that is the case, QPR could become dark horses for the season.