Having failed a medical at Sunderland last week Leroy Fer may well be thinking his chance to get straight back into Premier League football had gone and he would have to wait to get back into the Premier League and play a season in the Championship with QPR.
However, his failed medical shouldn’t put Premier League clubs off signing the Dutch midfielder. He is a good quality player and has many of the key attributes needed to succeed as a centre midfielder in the Premier League.
Obviously the failed medical isn’t exactly a positive thing for the former Norwich midfielder, but it was down to a long standing knee issue that can be managed.
Some would think that it could be naive and would be somewhat of a punt signing a player who failed a medical, however some reports are suggesting West Ham could be tempted to up their efforts and sign the Dutch international. The failed medical is a concern but, there now seems to be a real opportunity for the East Londoners to sign the combative midfielder.
Fer appeared in 26 games for QPR last season, and scored some fantastic long range goals against Newcastle and Burnley.
The Dutchman scored six goals last term in what was a struggling QPR side, which is an impressive tally considering he was playing in a side that was relegated – he ended the season as the R’s second top goalscorer, only behind Charlie Austin.
It would be a very shrewd signing for a Premier League side if they would take a chance on Fer’s fitness, as he is a versatile player capable of playing in an advanced midfield role or as a defensive midfielder.
He is best suited to playing further forward where he can make use of his shooting ability. However, when deployed deeper, he has all the natural attributes to stamp his authority in the centre of the park.
He is strong, powerful and quick, has the ability to score goals, pass the ball neatly and dominate the midfield. He would be a good signing for a Premier League club given he has already proved he can do it in the top flight, so there wouldn’t be an issues of settling in.
The couple of negatives around Fer is that he obviously has that knee problem and he is rather inconsistent. But at 26-years-old there is time on the midfielder’s side to push on his career and show why he is regarded as a talented player.
There is no doubting that he would be a very good signing for any Premier League club willing to give him a chance – West Ham being one of them.