Leroy Fer is the real deal for Norwich City boss Chris Hughton
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Chris Hughton expects Leroy Fer to wreak havoc in the Premier League this season.
The Dutch international midfielder will miss Norwich's opening day kick-off against Everton through a one-game suspension carried over from his previous club FC Twente, but Hughton has already seen enough in pre-season to know City have recruited a major asset.
The versatile Fer was again paired in tandem just behind record signing Ricky van Wolfswinkel during the latest 1-1 friendly draw against Real Sociedad before a second-half stint in a holding role. Hughton conceded afterwards he has to solve the dilemma of where to deploy Fer to maximum effect when the league campaign begins in earnest.
'I haven't made my mind up yet but what I do know is that I have good options with Leroy,' he said. 'He is a player that can play anywhere across midfield or even in that advanced position. It's a good option for us to have because we are going to be playing so many games and facing a lot of different formations. We tried him in an advanced role again with Ricky and it is something I have been looking at. Leroy is of course a very versatile player. We have one more pre-season game and then some internationals going away so for me it is about getting the balances right at this stage and he is another one we need to get fully upto speed. He is a superb player and I think against Sociedad he showed glimpses of his quality.'
Fer's aerial power carved out a simple landmark Norwich goal for van Wolfswinkel against the Spaniards and the striker is in no doubt his compatriot will prove his worth in the Premier League.
'Leroy is a great player. I think everybody can see that,' he said. 'For me, we have maybe a bit more of a connection because he is Dutch also. Individually he has a lot of quality and in that position he works really hard for me. It is great to have a player like that behind me. Of course it helps to have someone from the same country at the club and he is a nice guy. We connect very well on and off the pitch but I must say the whole team is great. It has been very easy to adapt here.'
Fer and van Wolfswinkel have been the headline arrivals at Carrow Road over the summer and Hughton confirmed the club will remain actively engaged in the market ahead of next month's transfer window deadline.
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'We are the same as everybody in that respect,' he said. 'We are continuing to work hard in those areas and if it is right for us to do something we will. If not, I believe at this particular moment we have a good squad.'