While many supporters look forward to who their club will sign in a transfer window, Everton fans normally worry about who they will sell. Everton were are set to splash over £7 million on a Dutch midfielder Leroy Fer according to the Daily Express.The deal collapsed this morning due to a failed medical reported in The Guardian.
But who was he?
Leroy Fer is a 23-year-old central midfielder who has spent the last two years at FC Twente, after moving from Feyenoord where he had graduated through their youth ranks. At 6 foot 2″ and with a bundle of energy, comparisons have been made with a young Patrick Vieira. His box-to-box style of play certainly echoes the Frenchman at the same age. Fer has even been dubbed ‘The Bouncer’ due to his physique.
Fer is an established Eredivisie star, perhaps epitomised by his performance at the weekend against his former club. He was an integral part of the Dutch Under-21 team (making 25 appearances), and he looks set to make the same impact as a full international.
Everton fans possibly thought that Fer was simply a replacement for Marouane Fellaini. Indeed, in the long term he may been capable of filling the Belgian’s boots. However, I believe that Fer was going to be a signing designed to play alongside Fellaini.
Fer could also be compared to Yaya Toure. He has a long stride, good positional sense, and excellent variation of passing. This allows him to be deployed as a holding midfielder, or further forward if necessary. ‘The Bouncer’ has a decent record in front of goal, and is also a trusty penalty-taker.
Leroy Fer has been an Eredivisie regular for over five years now, allowing his game to mature. The opportunity to play in the Premier League was a clear step up, and might have allowed him to flourish.