Burnley’s marquee signing of the transfer window, Steven Defour didn’t exactly take long to adapt to English football, picking up a goal and three assists in his first six games with the club.
Prior to his call up for the international friendlies in September, the player hadn’t made an appearance for his country since October 2014, even though he made a few squads here and there along the way.
Asked by DH if his status had changed since moving to the Premier League, the player said: “For me, it hasn’t changed, but maybe it has for those looking in from the outside. I’ve always played like I have. Maybe now that I’m playing in England, it shows more.
I’ve always given 100% in my games. Now it’s a new environment in a new club, and I’ve just adapted well.”
In fact, he’s adapted so well that Burnley fans reckon he’s better than Zinedine Zidane, something the player was downplayed with good humour, asking people not to read too much into it even though it was nice to hear.
Long linked with various clubs in England throughout his career, the 28-year-old came close to a move to Tottenham a few years back, as well as being closely followed by Manchester United and Sir Alex Ferguson, even receiving a personal letter from the Scottish manager when he got badly injured.
Now that he’s here and playing so well, it really makes you think if a move earlier on in his career might have led to an even bigger status in football?