Royston Drenthe has moved to the Barclays Premier League at the right stage in his career and will thrive at Everton, according to Giovanni van Bronkhorst.

The 24-year-old signed for the Toffees on deadline day from Real Madrid, and will remain at Gooidson Park for the remainder of the season.

Drenthe's career has stalled somewhat since his big-money move to the Santiago Bernabeu from Feyenoord four yours ago but, says Van Bronckhorst, the versatile full-back is far more suited to the English game than the Spanish.

“I think Royston will be suited,” the former Arsenal defender told

“He always brings massive energy to the game and I think the Premier League suits his play better than the Spanish Primera Division did.

“Royston is a pacy, left-footed player, skilful and with a lot of drive, character and energy. He has a good shot and can play any position on the left side, even as a full back, although I gather he prefers the midfield or attack himself.”

He added: ”I think people will like his style of football at Goodison Park.


“With Rotterdam being a similar kind of city as Liverpool, the fans will like his hard-working mentality just as they did here at Feyenoord where he was a fans’ favourite until he left for Madrid.

"He is a very attractive player, with pace and skill, energy and motivation.”

Meanwhile, Van Bronckhorst also believes that, given a consistent run of form, Drenthe has the ability to force his way back into the international reckoning, having made only one senior appearance for Holland.

”Last season Royston made it into the Dutch national team when he was playing on loan, so I don’t see why he shouldn’t be able to make it again,” explained Van Bronckhorst.


“He has the qualities to play for Holland, but one thing is for certain – the competition is very, very stiff right now."


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