Feyenoord are set to confirm the signing of winger Eljero Elia on Thursday after he successfully passed a medical.

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elia southElia rose through the Eredivisie ranks impressing at ADO Den Haag and FC Twente. He then moved abroad having short stints at both Hamburg SV and Juventus, before moving on to Werder Bremen in 2012. While abroad, Elia developed somewhat of a reputation for having attitude issues and living a flash, reckless lifestyle.

These days, he’s seemed to have grown up. Having been all but cast-aside at Werder Bremen, Dutch compatriot Ronald Koeman took him on loan at Southampton for the second half of last season. Despite putting in some great early performances, he moved in and out of the side as the season progressed, and it was ultimately decided Southampton would not take him on permanently. Despite these both being difficult burdens to bear, Elia took it in stride, and remained focused on keeping fit and improving his game.

Elia will now put pen to paper on a two-year-deal with Feyenoord on Thursday, and join up with his former Netherlands teammate Giovanni van Bronckhorst, who is now the coach at De Kuip.

It would certainly feel like a step back for Elia, and at 28, his chances to prove himself at the highest level are diminishing. However, he will certainly be a game changer, and a huge signing, for Feyenoord. Despite losing Jordy Clasie, they have gained two Dutch team heroes in Dirk Kuyt and incoming Elia, and mixed with talents Terence Kongolo, Sven van Beek and Tony Vilhena – Feyenoord will be a contender for title once again.

Spencer Steevensz (104 Posts)

I'm a digital/social marketer out of Chicago. I grew up loving Dutch football - total football is the only way to play. I support PSV in the Eredivisie, and whatever team has the most Dutch guys on it in any other league. Hup Holland Hup!