Caused a stir when Tottenham signed the 20 year old defender from Standard Liege, with Alex Ferguson calling for a hold on his registration as he felt Tottenham had been under-hand in acquiring the former Manchester United young player.
With his contract coming to an end in the summer of 2012, Ezekiel Fryers (or Zeki as he is known) refused United's contract offer and as a free agent trained with Tottenham, playing in a couple of pre-season friendlies in Portugal with the development squad. However, with United asking for a fee approaching £6 million, Tottenham did not believe this represented his true value for the development at Old Trafford. Instead, the left back headed for Belgium, where he signed for Standard Liege, on a two year deal, for a smaller fee as he moved outside his home country.
Making seven first team appearances for Standard before the manager was sacked, Zeki fell out of favour and became homesick for England. His agents sounded out English clubs about a return home and Spurs nipped in ahead of other interested parties to agree a deal that would cost them about £3 million, with 5% of that heading to Manchester United as part of Standard Liege's original deal.
However, Ferguson believes that Spurs engineered the whole situation to avoid paying United the full fee and without making a formal complaint, told journalists that the FA should investigate and hold up the deal until it was completed.
A speedy left back, who played at Under-16, Under-17 and Under-19 England levels, Ezekiel was touted as a replacement for Gareth Bale, should he be sold to Real Madrid, with his alleged £20,000 a week deal more than United had offered him, his move to Spurs allowed him to resume his career in his home country.
Started playing in the England Under-16s as a central defender and then moved to left back as he went into the older age groups and was also deployed as a holding midfielder too.
Got into Tottenham's team under Andre Vilas-Boas in the Europa League and played a few league games, but failed to become a regular and when Spurs signed Ben Davies as a left back to challenge Danny Rose, with plenty of cover at centre-half, Zeki wanted first team football and left to join Crystal Palace in the summer transfer window in 2014 on a three year deal. Strong and athletic, he will need to develop his spatial awareness and concentration to become a Premier League player.
A couple of changes in
management at Palace saw Zeki out of favour and in the
January 2015 transfer window, he went on loan for a
month to Rotherham United.