Makaay impressed by Fer’s Swansea exploits

Aung Thu at Muangthong United

Former Netherlands international striker Roy Makaay admits the recent form of Swansea midfielder Leroy Fer comes as no surprise.

Fer and Makaay shared a dressing room during their time together at Feyenoord, and during his breakthrough season the youngster was tipped to be one of the best midfielders in the country.

However, since leaving the Eredivisie – things have not quite gone according to plan for the 26-year-old midfielder.

After making his debut in 2007 for De Stadionclub, Fer went on to make close to 200 appearances for Feyenoord and FC Twente respectively.

Financial troubles at Twente meant that he was shipped out to the English Premier League with then newly-promoted side Norwich City for £4.4 million, but the Canaries suffered relegation that season and he was subsequently on the move again.

An £8 million move to QPR was greeted with much optimism, but again he suffered relegation and spent some time in the second tier of English football.

Nevertheless, Fer found himself on loan in Wales with the Swans, and the deal was made permanent in the off-season. And his talent as a powerful goal-scoring midfielder has finally shone through this term.

"Myself and Leroy have always kept in touch since he left Feyenoord," Makaay told the club's website. "He's not only a former team-mate but also a good friend.

"I'm really glad he's doing so well at Swansea. I can remember it was at the end of my career that Leroy was my team-mate. He was 19 and was as big as he is now.

"I saw he had the quality to be a good player – he has power, is a box-to-box midfielder and can score goals. Swansea haven't had the best of starts, but he's scored four goals in seven games – that's not bad for a midfielder.

"He's fitted in well there and is well suited to the Premier League. He's only 26 and I think there's more to come from him."