Sunderland may have been handed a relegation battle lifeline before the season has even started with the news that Leroy Fer has ‘failed’ his medical with the Black Cats.
In the same way that if you want to win the league title (in any country) you call for Zlatan, if you want relegation then you call for Leroy Fer.
At Norwich, we know all about Fer and I suppose we should be grateful for his goal scoring cameo with the Dutch national side in last summer’s World Cup. That late header against Chile, being enough to add another few million pounds onto his value.
At the time, Norwich had just been relegated with the Dutchman being injured for virtually the last three months of the season. He didn’t make much impact at Carrow Road and despite his physical attributes, he only turned it on once every five games or so.
That didn’t deter Harry Redknapp from taking him to QPR though for a fee of around £8m (£3m more than City paid.) Once again, Leroy played in fits and starts and was also injured – QPR were relegated.
There’s a pattern emerging here.
Fer’s agent, Rob Jansen told the Sunderland Chronicle that Leroy currently has an injury and won’t be fit for the start of the season. When pressed for what type of injury it actually is, Jansen had, rather comically this to say:
‘Leroy has an injury.’
‘What kind? I am not a doctor, so keep it as an injury.’
Let’s remember though, that Sunderland is a club that even Jack Rodwell could pass a medical at. For whatever reason though, Sunderland have pulled out although other reports suggest West Ham will still look for a loan – despite the ‘injury.’