Manchester United signed three players last summer, with Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Harry Maguire signing after being linked for months leading up to the moves.

The transfer of Dan James was a bigger surprise, with United making a shock move for the Swansea winger for just £17 million.

James has had a mixed season, with four goals and six assists. But importantly the move showed a willingness on United’s part to think outside the box and take gambles on low-cost young talent, rather than waiting for the players to develop into superstars first.

That’s why United should take another look to the Championship this summer, for arguably the best attacking prospect in the division, Eberechi Eze.

Here is a look at three reasons why United should consider a move for the QPR star…

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He’s a game changer

Eze is 21-years-old and has had a big impact this season. He has scored 12 goals and provided eight assists.

He averages 1.9 key passes per game and completes an average of three dribbles per match.

His output is good progress compared to last season, when in the same number of starts (37) he scored four goals and created three.

For comparison, Dan James scored four goals and created seven last season. Eze has outperformed him.

Whoscored.com rate Eze as the #1 player in the Championship based on average rating this season.

Eze is a good squad fit

Eze fits what Manchester United are looking for. He’s young, talented, and can become a quality stand-in for Bruno Fernandes.

United need alternatives to Fernandes to ease the pressure on the big money signing. Andreas Pereira and Jesse Lingard haven’t been cutting it.

At the same time United are not going to spend big on a player who would be a back-up. Making a move for Eze would tick the boxes.

Eze can also play on the left-wing, giving United more versatility in attack, and he would be a cheaper alternative to Jack Grealish.

He would also mitigate the loss of Angel Gomes if the youngster does not sign a new deal. Although if he does, it could be argued he would block his path. But added competition can be good if Lingard and Pereira are moved on.

Eze was born in Nigeria and is eligible to play for England. He is yet to make up his mind at senior level, although has represented the Three Lions at under-21s. In the United squad he would be at home either way, with several England internationals, and ex-Super Eagles striker Odion Ighalo, if he re-signs.

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A smart investment

Eze is only going to get better and is already good enough to play in the Premier League.

The Sun reports Tottenham have been scouting him, with QPR wanting £20 million (although even this figure may be excessive in the current economic situation).

QPR director of football Les Ferdinand told The Beautiful Game Podcast last month: “If you look at his footballing ability I could put him down as one of the best I have seen in terms of what I have been fortunate to play with in my career.”

That’s quite a glowing endorsement, and highlights the potential of the 21-year-old.

While after Dan James’ hit and miss season, some supporters will rightly be wary of signing another Championship player, Eze is a talent worth taking a chance on.

If he signs for a competitor and shines in the Premier League, he could be a £50 million player within a couple of seasons. It would make sense to take a cheaper gamble now.

In a scenario where United spend £100 million on Jadon Sancho, the rest of United’s budget will have to be managed very smartly. Eze is an example of a very talented player available at a cheap price, to help offset a club record move elsewhere.

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