Leroy Fer is the real deal for Norwich City
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Norwich City's new Dutch signing Leroy Fer is the complete midfielder, according to Canaries' chief Chris Hughton.
The 23-year-old made his debut for the club in a powerful second half cameo against San Jose that showcased his defensive qualities and his attacking instincts.
Fer was deployed in a central midfield berth alongside Alex Tettey and Hughton revealed he will use the rest of City's pre-season schedule to decide where the versatile Fer can inflict the most damage on the Premier League.
'He is a physical presence but he also has a pass on him. I think in the short period of time that he was on he showed some of his passing range and he gives us real good option in that central midfield position,' he said.
'We'll use pre-season to really determine where we see him. Yes, he can play that defensive role and he did under Steve McClaren fairly often (at FC Twente) but he is also one who likes to break from midfield. I'll be using pre-season to determine that. We of course have our own ideas and sometimes once you had a proper look then it is better to make your own mind after that point.'
Fer's Holland team mate Ricky van Wolfswinkel also had his first outing since a club-record move from Portugal that was marred by a first-half yellow card for the striker who found himself embroiled in a minor skirmish with the Quakes' defence.
'He was certainly keen to get going,' said Hughton. 'He looked sharp and he knew beforehand that he was playing 45 minutes. He played like a man who very much wanted to get the most out of those 45 minutes.
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'He put himself around and but for some good, quick defending he might have been on scoresheet.
'He did pick up a yellow card which I thought was a little bit unfair but he is prepared to mix it. I thought the yellow on him was the correct one and because the incident happened pretty soon after I don't know if the referee felt he had to book him. I didn't think it warranted a booking. But he certainly looked lively.'
Hughton was left to rue defensive sluggishness punished by Cordell Cato.
'Probably if we reflect back on it we conceded a really poor goal. That was the only real difference,' he said. 'I thought we had two real good efforts first half but on both occasions we couldn't manage to make the most of those opportunities. These were sharp.
'Even right at the back they had two centre-halves who weren't the biggest or tallest but very competitive. hese are the ideal type of games. We don't like losing any games because it is a mentality thing and you want the players to get used to losing but that isn't the most important thing at this stage is that we come through with no injuries. We expected a test.
'The first game against Dorados was always going to be a different type of game and this was very much a case of upping the level. This is the reason why we are here.'