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Dutch winger Royston Drenthe was another out-ot-the-blue Deadline Day loan signing by David Moyes who promised to bring much needed pace to Everton's left flank. He shot to prominence after being named player of the tournament in the 2007 European Under-21 Championships, which Holland won.
But a number of episodes in his background did not exactly single him out as a typical Moyes-type player and it was his off-the-field persona that would eventually number his days at Everton.
Drenthe, a left midfielder who can also play left back was the next big thing in the Dutch Under-21s, but his attitude led to a falling out with with the powers that be at Real Madrid, and also upset the
hierarchy at Hercules where he was farmed out on loan in 2010-11.
A complex, volatile, unpredictable character with a history of disciplinary issues, particularly off the field, Real boss Jose Mourinho had more or less washed his hands of him when he joined Everton where he had the chance to resurrect a stalling career in the Premier League.
El Pais, the Spanish newspaper, says he was the best player in Europe when he was an Under 21 and compared him to Clarence Seedorf and Roberto Carlos, but said his fatal flaw is his immaturity. He is a bit of a playboy and his career almost came to a halt over some disciplinary incident on a Swiss tour with Feyenoord's junior side the coach wanted him out but he managed to persuade the Director of Football to let him stay. However, he was left out of the side so often he eventually moved to a smaller club, Excelsior.
He did so well there Feyenoord re-signed him, in 2007, after only one full season of first team football; Chelsea showed some interest. Real Madrid stepped in with a
€12.4M offer and he actually threatened to sue Feyenoord in the civil courts if they turned it down. He started his career with Real Madrid with a bang
– a 40-yarder against Seville in the Spanish Super Cup. There was another bang when he crashed his sports car into a police car.
Drenthe was frustrated during his spell in Spain, playing just 46 times after arriving three years previously from Feyenoord.
After two seasons as a winger for Real he was edged out of contention by Marcelo. When he discovered he wasn't even on the bench against Valencia, he stormed out of the training ground. He refused to play the final three games of a season and also criticised his club's management last season over wages.
When he did get back into the side, he had a howler against Coruna and was mercilessly heckled by the Real supporters. It was reported he "suffered from anxiety issues after being booed by the club's supporters during a 1–0 home win against Deportivo de La Coruña." His confidence was so shot he asked not to be picked for the next several games and he was eventually loaned to Hercules.
He was arrested in Alicante after driving the wrong way down a motorway... he claimed he was driving a sick friend to the hospital. The police claimed he was drunk. After a period of good form, he fell out with the club management after returning from winter break a week late.
At Goodison he had the potential to be a masterstroke if Moyes could get his head right, and it seemed early on that Drenthe would grab the chance with both hands. He scored a terrific forward's goal in a 3-1 win over Fulham at Goodison
Park and lashed home a couple of other stunning strikes from distance in subsequent games but he wasn't
consistent enough to prompt Moyes to make him a regular starter.
And, predictably, his disciplinary run-ins with a manager notoriously intolerant of players stepping out of line led to Moyes losing patience with him before he'd completed a season at Goodison.
An alleged after-hours, alcohol-fueled incident at Finch Farm, allegedly
involving women in a hot-tub, was his first significant transgression and it caused friction that eventually led to him being dropped from the squad altogether on the day of the FA Cup semi-final
against Liverpool. Having previously been fined twice for being late for training, the Dutch winger showed up late for the team bus to Wembley and — so the story goes — when he was caught in lie about his car breaking down, Moyes axed him for the remainder of the season.
The player himself would later
provide his own account of the final bust-up with Moyes:
"I remember it was a training day. I was watching a movie in my game
room. I fell asleep alone, no alarm on.
"We had to be 10:30am on the training ground and 11am for training. I
came in 10 minutes before training, but that day we had a pre-game meeting
and I was late.
"Normally the gaffer can’t see that kind of stuff. Sometimes players
were just coming in and going out to training, and we were teammates so we
didn't snitch each other out – we covered each other.
"That day it was a team meeting and I was not in that meeting, so it
was spotted. We’d had some things already, so it was like, 'Fuck, I’m
fucked,' you know?
"It was already done (with Moyes). I waited until they were finished
with the team meeting. I wanted to walk to him and say what happened, and
he looked at me and said, ‘Roy, just fuck off and go.’
"I was looking to him, understanding him as well but also like, 'What
are you doing – just fuck off? With my temper, in that moment, I was like,
'Oh, you want me to fuck off? Okay then...' So that’s what I did, stupidly
"I left straight away, took my car, back to Holland."
Without Drenthe, Everton would go on to lose that
Wemnley semi-final 2-1.
His season-long loan was due to expire at the end of June 2012 and was
unsurprisingly not converted into a permanent contract, despite the obvious skill and flair he could bring to the team.
Drenthe would spend almost a year in the footballing wilderness before resurfacing in the Russian League for Alania in the spring of 2013.
In 2018, at the age of 31, Drenthe was playing for Sparta Rotterdam
after a 2-year hiatus from football; he also played for Reading and
Sheffield Wednesday in England.
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