Distin - Drenthe can't be tamed

Defender savours team-mates 'fantasy' football

Royston Drenthe: Brings a touch of 'fantasy' to Everton's play, says Distin

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Everton defender Sylvain Distin feels team-mate Royston Drenthe provides their play with 'a bit of fantasy' and welcomes his unpredictability.

Drenthe was in the thick of the action in Saturday's 1-1 draw at QPR, firing home their opening goal before, five minutes later, conceding the free-kick from which their hosts equalised.

That brought some criticism of the Dutchman but Distin believes the player's "free spirit" needs to be embraced and not shackled.

"Some teams can get a bit too structured and tactical, while he brings a bit of fantasy and that is a good thing," he told evertontv.

"We know what he can bring to the team, he is a real free spirit."

Craziness

Distin added in the Liverpool Echo: "He scored a fantastic goal and just needs to be a bit more disciplined.

"Maybe if he gets too disciplined, though, he could lose that little bit of craziness at the other end of the pitch - we've got to take him as he is.

"He's dangerous and you can't ask him to be dangerous, have that spark, and defend all the time.

"Every player is different and we all have our own strengths. You've got to play on it.

"Sometimes you try to change a player but he can't be perfect. That's his personality and altogether it's more beneficial than anything else so we're fine with it."