Report Date: 12/04/2008 - Last Update on 24/08/2020
Date Of Birth: 05/01/1990
Place Of Birth: Zoetermeer (Netherlands)
Leanguages: Dutch, English, Spanish
Best Foot: Right
1° Position: Defensive Midfielder
2° Position: Box to Box Midfielder
3° Position: Defensive Playmaker
A product of the Feyenoord youth academy, Fer was handed a first-team opportunity midway through the 2007-08 season as an 18-year-old. On 20 October 2009, Feyenoord's new technical director, Leo Beenhakker, criticized Feyenoord's first team squad, but at the same time praised Fer for his importance within the team. Three days later, Feyenoord captain Giovanni van Bronckhorst even claimed Fer to be "unmissable" for the squad in Feyenoord TV. In 2010 he was named Vice-Captain of the team at the age of 20. After establishing his place as a regular, he went on to play 103 times in the Eredivisie for the club, producing 14 goals and 12 assists, before he was picked up by FC Twente just prior to the closure of the 2011 summer transfer window in a deal believed to be around the €5m mark.
Fer then spent two full seasons at FC Twente and despite being utilised as a defensive midfielder, still managed to chip in with 21 goals and seven assists over 71 appearances. In Europe, in particular, his contribution was key, with six goals and a pair of assists during Twente’s Europa League run last term. At the end of the season he played the last games as Captain of the team. On the international stage, Fer has featured at every level from Under 17 (Captain) to Under 21 a total of 50 times, finding the net on 10 occasions, including two goals in four appearances at 2013 Euro Under 21 Championships. He made his Senior National Team debut with Netherlands in 2010 and played 11 games. He touched his higest point with National Team during the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, when he scored his first World Cup goal in the group match against Chile on 23 June 2014, the 1-0 in a game that was close to end with a tie.
On 13 July 2013, Norwich City confirmed the signing of Fer on a four-year deal for an undisclosed fee believed to be in the region on £4.4 million. He made his debut for Norwich against Hull City. He scored his first goal for the club against Bury in the League Cup on 27 August 2013. He was awarded Man of the Match for an exceptional performance in a 1–0 home victory over Southampton on 31 August. Fer continued his fine early form, and was awarded Norwich's Player of the Month award and his fourth consecutive Man of the Match award after a 3–1 home defeat to Chelsea on 6 October.
Fer scored the third goal in Norwich's 3–1 home win over West Ham United on 9 November 2013, and drew plaudits from the likes of Jamie Redknapp for his performance. Redknapp also stated his belief that Fer could become one of the stars of the league if he consistently plays as he did.
Fer scored again in a 2–1 defeat against Newcastle United on 23 November, a late header that only proved to be a consolation for the Canaries. He scored his third league goal for the club against West Bromwich Albion in a 2–0 victory on 7 December, and celebrated by imitating a flying canary. He also assisted Gary Hooper with a through ball that cut straight through the West Brom defence. He was named Man of the Match by Sky Sports for his performance. He was voted Norwich's player of the month for November via the club's official Facebook and Twitter pages. He was sent off against Crystal Palace on 1 January 2014 in the 82nd minute in a match which ended 1–1.
Following Norwich's relegation to the Championship, Fer moved to newly promoted Premier League team Queens Park Rangers, signing a three-year deal for a reported fee of £8 million. Fer made his debut for the Hoops away against Tottenham Hotspur. The next league match was Fer's home debut when Sunderland were welcomed to Loftus Road, where Fer was named Man of the Match for his performance in QPR's first league win and clean sheet of the season. Fer scored his first QPR goal against Leicester City, smashing in a close-range effort in a 3–2 home win. Seven days later, Fer was again on the score sheet, scoring his second goal with the opener for QPR in a 2–0 win over Burnley at home. On 2 May 2015, Fer scored an equaliser against Liverpool at Anfield, only for the home side to score a late winner. At the end of the season he scored 6 goals and served 4 assists.
On 1 February 2016, Fer joined Premier League side Swansea City on loan for the remainder of the season. Fer made his move to Swansea permanent on 5 July 2016, with a transfer fee of £5 million. He began his Premier League season with a winning goal in a 0–1 away victory at Burnley. He played with Swansea in three years 100 games scoring 10 goals and serving 10 assists. In England he played a total of 184 games between Leagues and Cups, scoring 22 goals and serving 20 assists. After the relegation of Swansea and an entire season in Championship as Captain of the team Leroy Fer didn't renewed his contract and came back to his former club Feyenoord, dreaming to win the title with them. Season 2019/20 was a subsequence of top performances. He played before the break for Covid-19 a total of 34 games between Eredivisie (where he helped the team in get the third place), Europe League (where he helped the team in get a win against Porto 2-0) and Dutch Cup, scoring 5 goals. He was getting National Team call just before the Covid break.
Leroy Fer in total played 421 games and scored 64 goals assisting 47 times, this make Leroy Fer as one of the most prolific holding midfielders of the last decade.
Highlights Video of Seasons 2015-2019
Leroy Fer is one of the best midfielder I've ever seen. He is firstly a very competitive charachter. He doesn't like to lose, even a single challenge. He is very aggressive and determinated in what he does. Defensively he is a beast. He is a dominant player, able to make long range tackles with his long legs and recover a ball that seems too far away from him. His timing in the tackling is supreme. He is also aerial dominant thanks to his height but mostly to his exceptional jumping. When he recovers the ball he uses to start a box to box run with the ball in his feet. He has dribbling ability, sometimes he is also very skilly (sometimes maybe too much) and he has a good acceleration with the ball on his feet. He is very good in the playmaking phase. On long range passess he has an accurancy of 87%; he uses boot feet at same level in this, right and left.
He is a real danger for the opponents when he moves in the box. He has the temperament of the striker when he recieves the cross from the sides and he goes with the head. He scored more than 50 goals in his career (one during 2014 World Cup with an header against Chile). During his career he also showed a real talent in the long range shooting. He scored different goals from distance, mostly in Premier League with QPR. He was the Captain of almost all the club where he played.
In my opinion, at now, he had a career under his possibility, I believe his talent deseves a Top European Club.
SEASON 19/20 - Feyenoord
-Played as holding midfielder in front of the defense
-34 apparences, 5 goals, 2 assists
-2.922 minutes played
-8 apparences in Europe League and 2 goals
-9 yellow cards
-6 points in 5 games without him, average points of 1.2
-70 points in 34 games with him, average points of 2.05
Statistics per game (average):
-3.3 Tackles (54% successful)
-15 Ground Challenges (55%)
-5 Aerial Challenges (63%)
-1 Key Pass
-2.4 Dribblings (72%)
COMPARING with Fernando and Gudelj
Statistics per game - Fernando (Sevilla, La Liga):
-3.6 Tackles (54% successful)
-13 Ground Challenges (62%)
-5 Aerial Challenges (58%)
-0.29 Key Pass
-0.76 Dribblings (69%)
Statistics per game - Gudelj (Sevilla, La Liga):
-3.6 Tackles (54% successful)
-8 Ground Challenges (66%)
-2.8 Aerial Challenges (62%)
-0.05 Key Pass
-0.61 Dribblings (76%)