Eberechi Eze has been speaking to the Daily Mail about his journey in football, from being released four times, to joining Crystal Palace.
The wonderkid reveals he was released by Arsenal, Fulham, Reading and Millwall before finding his feet at Queens Park Rangers.
Later on in the interview, Eze has some lofty praise for one of his teammates at Selhurst Park – Wilfried Zaha.
The 22-year-old said: ‘I’m enjoying playing with Wilf because he’s so talented it’s unbelievable.
‘When we talk the conversation that we have, I feel like there is always something I can take from him, something I can learn from him and to have someone like that, similar to me in that sense, that’s done it before, been in my position, knows what it feels like to be in my position is perfect.’
In our view, Eze is so lucky that the Eagles managed to keep the 18-cap Ivory Coast international in south London.
Zaha has experienced a similar journey in football to the Palace No.25, learning his trade – and mesmeric tricks – out on the streets of London.
The pair are equally flamboyant on the field, which can only benefit Eze.
Zaha has had to learn how to turn these dazzling tricks and flicks into some substantial end product, something that took him a good few seasons to do.
Unfortunately for him, the Eagles No.11 didn’t have someone similar to look up to and view as a tutor, whereas he can now act as exactly that for Eze.
Seeing the two play together in red and blue is simply a joy.
If Zaha can help Eze become a bit more efficient in the final third, we could eventually have a truly frightening talent on our hands.