Drenthe confident over impact

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Royston Drenthe is confident he can make an impact in the Barclays Premier League with Everton.

The Real Madrid winger joined the Toffees on a season-long loan on Wednesday during a busy day transfer deadline day at the Merseyside club. The 24-year-old Dutchman has slipped out of the first-team picture at the Bernabeu and spent last season on loan at Hercules.

Drenthe told the club's website, "I think that my qualities are English qualities, the way I play football. I have technique and I like to work hard. I think this competition is a perfect competition for me."

He added: "The Spanish league was a good league but different. It is not so fast, it is slow.

"Here it goes fast and I think that is more my style of play."

The former Feyenoord player had become frustrated at Madrid and, even though his move to Everton was frantic as the club tried to beat the deadline, he is pleased it went through.

He added: "It was on the last day but I am feeling really happy, all my family is happy and I think I can do a really good job at Everton.

"I think it is a good team and it is good for my future. I am glad to be here.

"It has been a really difficult month for me, training hard with Real Madrid but not playing with the team. That kind of thing is hard for a player."

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