Born and raised in south London like so many of the country’s best footballers, Eze grew up playing in the footballing cages – and it was two Palace players he looked up to.
“I remember watching [Yannick] Bolasie and [Wilfried] Zaha in the Championship and just thinking: ‘That’s where you want to be, that’s the goal.”
“It’s perfect – it’s great to be back in south London, local and around my family.”
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Now an experienced member of the dressing room, he recalls travelling to Selhurst Park in his Palace kit, as he prepared to make his debut at just 17-years-old.
“Obviously you have to make your own way down to the stadium,” he said. “I didn’t have a car, so I took a bus from Stockwell to Brixton, and then Brixton to South Norwood.
“I remember meeting one of my old friends on that same bus. He said to me: ‘Why have you got boots in your hands – and why are you dressed in that Palace tracksuit?’
“I was like: ‘Well, I’m going to go play for the Palace first-team tonight.’ He just looked at me, laughing. I said: ‘Seriously, I’m going to go and play. You can watch me tonight live on Sky Sports!’
“He said: ‘Yeah whatever, mate.’ He didn’t believe me.”
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