Sheffield Wednesday: Former Real Madrid winger Drenthe arrives

Royston Drenthe (right) has signed for Sheffield Wednesday on loan until January
Royston Drenthe (right) has signed for Sheffield Wednesday on loan until January

Sheffield Wednesday have completed the signing of former Real Madrid winger Royston Drenthe on loan until January.

The one-time Dutch international has made the temporary switch from Reading where he has been for the last year.

Drenthe has struggled to make an impression with the Royals, making 24 appearances and scoring two goals.

He was signed for Real Madrid as a 20-year-old for €14million from Feyenoord and managed 65 appearances over a five year spell with the Spanish giants. Drenthe netted five goals for Madrid, including one against AC Milan in the Champions League.

The 27-year-old’s time at the Santiago Bernabéu was somewhat turbulent. After featuring regularly in his early months at the club, Drenthe found himself on the fringes which resulted in clashes with the coaching staff and anxiety.

He had a loan spell with Hercules which turned sour when he reported back a week late from the winter break and the season ultimately ended in relegation.

Drenthe then joined Everton on a season-long loan, making 27 appearances and scoring four goals.

After reaching the end of his Madrid deal in the summer of 2012, Drenthe was without a club for six months until joining Russian side Alania Vladikavkaz, before switching to Reading in June 2013.

He has a year remaining on his deal at the Madejski Stadium but was told during the summer that he could leave and was not allocated a squad number.