There was a lot of excitement around Everton when Leroy Fer agreed to sign for them in January. A central midfield player nicknamed 'The Bouncer' due to his physical style, had a reputation for being a very good player too.
So the news that the club had pulled to plug on the £8.6 million deal 24 hours later came as a real shock to all fans who had got their hopes up, missing out on a second midfield target after failed paperwork saw a switch for Vadis Odidja-Ofoe collapse in August.
Everton did not sign anybody with the Fer cash, and the decision to pull out of the deal due to concerns over a problem with his knee were said to be disappointing to the player as well as the fans.
Last week it was reported that Everton were still monitoring Fer, with a view to revisiting a potential move for the 23-year-old midfielder in the summer.
Since the January transfer window passed, Fer has been determined not to let the disappointment affect him.
Crucially with a spotlight on his fitness, he has suffered no such issues surrounding his knee scuppered the deal.
In the seven games since February 1st, Leroy Fer has played every single minute for FC Twente in the Eredivisie, not the sign of a player of a fragile nature.
Clearly Everton's concerns were long-term, and there could be problems down the line. £8.6 million is a lot of money to Everton and you can't blame them for being cautious with the cash, but Fer appears determined to show them such reservations were misplaced.
The Dutchman scored three goals in four games at the start of the season, but had not netted in the Eredivisie since September until this weekend.
He scored the opener for Twente in a 3-0 away win a Groningen, scoring a bullet header from a corner to set his side on their way just before half-time.
Fer said last week he was concentrating on his club and not thinking about a summer move, but if he continues to stay fit and score goals, it won't be the least bit surprising to see Everton go back in for him once the season is over.
Watch Fer score for Twente below:
Should Everton go back for Fer this summer?
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