Leroy Fer completed his transfer to Norwich City on Saturday
13th July 2013, signing from FC Twente on a four-year deal for
an undisclosed fee
Fer began his career at the local Zoetermeer club DWO. In his
first full season, Fer's team won friendly matches against youth
teams from professional sides, like Sparta Rotterdam and Feyenoord.
However, Fer stayed at DWO until the age of nine before joining
Feyernoord's youth setup.
Fer had his breakthrough in Feyenoord's first team in the season
200708. On 2nd December 2007, Fer made his official debut
for Feyenoord under the management of Bert van Marwijk. Four days
later he signed his first professional contract. On 30th March
2008, Fer scored his first Eredivisie goal in the away match against
NAC Breda. He won the Dutch Cup with Feyernoord that season.
In the 2008/9 season, he became a first team regular and attracted
the attention of a number of clubs including Juventus. He later
became vice-captain of the club
Fer joined fellow Eredivisie club FC Twente at the end of August
2011 in a deal reported to be worth €5 million. Fer played
71 times for the club, scoring 21 goals over the next two seasons.
On 28th January 2013 it was announced that Everton had agreed
a deal, reportedly worth £8.6 million, to sign Fer. The
deal fell through when a medical revealed the player had a long
term knee injury and Everton wanted to neotiate a payment by appearances
Fer has also captained the Holland Under-17s whose side reached
the European Championships in 2007. He later played for the Under-19s
and Under-21s and at the time of signing for Norwich, has two
full caps for Holland.
Fer has various nicknames. In his youth he got nicknamed De Uitsmijter
(The Bouncer) by Feyenoord youth coach Jean-Paul van Gastel for
his strong physical appearance. Other nicknames are Lerra and
Ferovic. Cor Pot, coach of the Netherlands U21, compared Fer with
Patrick Vieira. According to Pot both players show many similarities,
on and off the field
Suspended for the opening game of the 2013/14 season, Fer made
his first start for Norwich on 24th August 2013 in a 1-0 defeat
away at Hull City Tigers. He scored his first Norwich goal in
the 6-3 Capital One Cup second round victory over Bury on 27th
He made 32 appearances, scoring four goals in the 2013/14 season
in which Norwich were relegated from the Premier League.
Fer was included in Holland's World Cup squad for the tournament
in Brazil in June/July 2014. He became the first Norwich City
player to score in a World Cup finals when he netted Holland's
opener in their final group game against Chile which Holland won
2-0. Fer played no further part in the World Cup as Holland reached
the semi-finals before being defeated by Argentina on penalties.
Following his return to England, Fer was linked with moves to
AC Milan, Seville and to QPR who were reported to have bid 6milion
euros. Fer made one appearance for Norwich in the Championship,
coming on as substitute in the 3-0 home win over Watford on 16th
August 2014 before completing a £8m move to QPR on 20th
August 2014, a fee that is Norwich's record sale. Fer signed a
three year contract with QPR saying "It was always my
dream to stay in England, in the Premier League. QPR did well
last season to come up and the squad is full of top players, so
I'm delighted to be here. I'm just looking forward to showing
what I'm capable of here at QPR."
QPR manager Harry Redknapp said "Leroy has all the attributes
you'd be looking for from a central midfielder. He's just an outstanding
midfield player - great hysique, fine ability, and he gets box-to-box."
Fer made his QPR debut in the 4-0 defeat to Tottenham on 24th
Despite claims that Rangers were better equipped to avoid relegation
than Norwich, Fer suffered his second successive relegation when
QPR were relegated tot eh Championship following a 6-0 defeat
to Manchester City. He was linked with moves to Seville and West
Ham but travelled to Sunderland on 5th August 2015 to join the
Black Cats on a season long loan only to fail his medical.
On 1st February 2016, Fer joined Swansea on loan for the remainder of the 2015/16 season. He made 19 appearances for the Championship club during 2015/16. He made 11 appearances for the Swans.
On 5th July 2016, he became Swansea's first signing of the summer, joining on a three year contract.
Fer experienced his third relegation from the Premier League at the end of the 2017/18 season as Swansea finished eighteenth in the Premier League.