There was much amusement among City fans on Twitter when it was announced that Swansea had signed Leroy Fer on loan until the end of the season from QPR.
Fer joined Norwich in the summer of 2013 for around £5m from FC Twente in Holland amid much fanfare. Leroy was good around one game in five for City though and was of almost no use at all as Norwich tumbled through the relegation trapdoor.
Norwich hero, Iwan Roberts has now had his say on Fer, having watched him plenty of times for the Canaries.
Roberts wore the yellow & green shirt of Nrowich from 1997-2004 and believes Fer represents a luxury that Swansea simply can’t afford.
‘He was a big summer signing for Norwich a few years ago, had a great start and looked a good player,’ he told BBC Radio Wales.
‘That was in the first half of the season, when things got tough, he went missing, he was anonymous.
‘I don’t think he’s the kind of player you’d want to be in the trenches with, at Norwich (he seemed) more concerned with staying fully fit and playing in the World Cup, rather than keeping Norwich in the Premier League.
‘Had Swansea signed him this time last year, I’d have thought ‘that could work’ chasing a top half finish and a record points tally.
‘But in a battle, in the position they are in, he’s not a sitting midfielder, he’s one paced, not the quickest, it’ll be interesting to see what Swansea are planning to do with him.’
It does seem as though Swansea have replaced Jonjo Shelvey with Fer, having sold Shelvey to Newcastle for £12m last month.
I’d have to say that Fer will not affect the game as positively as Shelvey would and I bet most readers will agree with me. Swansea coach, Alan Curtis disagrees though.
‘Leroy is a player we remember for scoring a great goal against us,’ Curtis explained, referring to Fer’s long-range strike against the Swans on 1 January, 2015.
‘He’s a player we remember from Norwich and QPR and he gives us something different in midfield.
‘He knows how to score from distance and he’ll be a great addition between now and the end of the season. I’m sure of that.’
Leroy Fer has been relegated for the last two seasons in a row with first Norwich and then QPR, who incredibly paid City £8m for the Dutchman. The fact he’s now on a ‘hat trick of relegations’ will not be lost on the Norwich faithful.
Let’s hope Leroy ‘Jonah’ Fer can continue to be the grim reaper of relegation because let’s face it, Norwich could do with a helping hand.