Everton are on the verge of completing the signing of Leroy Fer for around eight million pounds, says David Martin.
Much excitement rightfully abounds at the prospect but to be Fer there are only a handful of people who have had of him prior to today. As such I think it’s Fer enough to look into who this lad is and what he will bring to Everton Football Club. Let’s start with a few mundane bits of information…
Name: Leroy Johan Fer
Height 6ft 2
Favoured Position: Central Midfield (Box to Box)
Clubs: Feyenoord, FC Twente, Dutch International.
None of these things are particularly enlightening although it is clear that he will add height to a midfield which aside from Fellaini, is lacking in it. He is nicknamed “The Bouncer” due to his strength and has been likened in some circles to Patrick Viera in terms of his power, pace and strength in the tackle. Although not a prolific scorer for Feyenoord he has an impressive ten goals in twenty nine appearances for FC Twente which is a very good return for a midfielder who appears to take his defensive responsibilities as seriously as his responsibility to get forward. By all accounts Fer could well be the physical driving presence Everton have missed in midfield since Fellaini has moved further forward and he certainly seems more likely to provide dynamism in the centre than either of the much maligned “Osville” combination.
Initial thoughts on his style are that he is a player who likes a long range shot, is good in the air although he is not as powerful a header of the ball as you would expect of a player his height and he bases his game around strength and power. It’s hard to say whether this will be coupled with finesse or any range of passing and whether his gangling style will adapt to the Premier league but he certainly seems to have bags of potential and looks like a real coup for David Moyes. There are questions over his off the field antics as there appears to be with many of the Dutch players we sign with rumours of a court case more worrying than the hilarious story of him buying a horse for his girlfriend who lives in a block of flats. However, his signing is a real statement of intent and a sizable investment into the future. As such it is difficult not to get excited by his imminent arrival. So let’s bugger it all and get excited anyway with the obligatory Youtube clip and hope he goes on to be another David Moyes stroke of genius…
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