Steven Berghuis spoke to the NOS about the quick turn around in his career from last season where he was on the bench at Watford and being far away from the Dutch national team to at the start of this season being on form for Feyenoord and coming on as a substitute for Netherlands against Sweden last Tuesday.

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berghuis nethThe winger joined Watford last summer from AZ Alkmaar but only made one start in the Premier League. This summer he decided to leave the Hornets to join Feyenoord on loan and has been named in the last two Netherlands squad’s by Danny Blind.

Berghuis reflected on his decision to leave Watford, ”I do not think about it too much. I am happy now and maybe if I had played more often for Watford I may have been in consideration for the national team earlier who knows ? I went to Watford and everybody knows how that went and that I did not play much and now I am playing regularly and the manager is aware of my abilities.

”I am happy with my loan to Feyenoord and I feel good here and I play regularly and these are the reasons that I came to Feyenoord. It is not nice to not be playing in the Premier League because you want to be important for your team and when you make such a transfer you have idea’s about how things will be. I am not going to over exaggerate it’s just a shame.

”I must say that I really enjoyed my time at Watford and I learnt a lot and I had the feeling that I could make it there and I still have that feeling. During my time at Watford I certainly felt that I could contribute to team and play at the level demanded in the Premier League.

”It’s difficult to compare both clubs in England more experienced players play and the league is physically stronger and in the Dutch league the players are a lot younger and naturally you have the financial differences too. But in the Dutch league there are young players that have the potential to play in the Premier League one day. Here there is more football played than in England.

”As a winger it is easier to make my actions here but the depends on the opponent and the space you get in their half and in the Premier League there are teams that are equal and better than Watford and then as a team you get pushed back which makes it difficult. To be a winger at Feyenoord is more advantageous at the moment than in the Premier League.

”We have a great month coming up with great games against PSV Eindhoven, Manchester United & Fenerbahce and that is why you play football to play in such games and we are all really looking forward to it.”

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