Norwich City’s impressive midfielder Leroy Fer has admitted his first few months in England have toughened him up after revealing it felt like a form of ‘depression’.

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Fer has been a revelation for the Canaries, scoring four goals in 21 appearances since a summer move from FC Twente and forcing his way back into Holland’s squad for their final World Cup qualifiers as the Dutch cruised into next summer’s finals in Brazil. The 23-year-old saw a proposed January 2013 move to City’s Premier League rivals Everton collapse and also suffered European Under-21 heartache for his country in the summer, but Fer is now loving life in Norfolk after Norwich made their move during the close season.

“It has become a good year after all,” Fer told Dutch newspaper Algemeen Dagblad. “I know exactly when I first heard about the interest of Norwich City. I was on the bus in Israel. We had an undeserved loss in the semi-finals of the European Championship against Italy. I had to cry. It was deathly quiet on the bus. Then my father called. Norwich City wanted to do business right away.

“I already knew I had to leave Enschede. Everton were also interested but they first had to sell (Marouane) Fellaini. With the transfer from Feyenoord to FC Twente I already knew how tough it was if you have to wait for a deal. The first months (in England) were very tough. Call it a form of depression. It has made me stronger and wiser. If you add and subtract everything, 2013 has become a good year. At least it has made me stronger.”

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4 comments

  • Fer is one of the shining lights of a somewhat worrying season.Credit to the scouting staff for finding a player with such obvious talent.Very very impressed

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    Trevor Sadd

    Monday, December 30, 2013

  • It does say something when an established international finds it to be like this. Does underline why it shouldn't be taken for granted that people will adjust immediately, even if Fer has done a great job in doing so. Ricky will be following in his footsteps soon.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Monday, December 30, 2013

  • Absolutely top Player and incidentally in this mornings Guardian man of the match ? Wes Hoolahan yes !!!

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    johnty

    Monday, December 30, 2013

  • Fer will be an important player in the second half of the season. He is one of the best new signings in the PL. I feel that all the games over Christmas were hard on the squad, especially those who have family abroad.

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    Capri

    Monday, December 30, 2013

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