Drenthe needs self-belief

Moyes urges on-loan winger to focus on playing football

Royston Drenthe: Scored in win over Blackpool to help Everton to the FA Cup quarter-finals

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Everton manager David Moyes admits Royston Drenthe has proved difficult to manage and thinks the on-loan Real Madrid winger needs to be loved.

The 24-year-old is presently on a season-long deal at Goodison Park and on Saturday scored in the 2-0 win over Blackpool which booked a place in the FA Cup quarter-finals.

Drenthe's goal enhanced his reputation among Everton fans, who earlier in the season adopted him as something of a folk hero.

But while Moyes is in no doubt about the Dutchman's ability, he thinks the wide-man needs to concentrate on playing, as opposed to off-field activities, and have more self-belief.

The Everton boss said in the Daily Star: "Coming to the Premier League is never easy for people to settle. Roy will say himself that there are a few things he needs to do better.


"There are a few things off the pitch. He needs to look after himself and he has to show me how much he wants it, as well as the players, because they want him in the sort of form he is. Possibly he lacked some self-belief.

"I think that when he came the crowd really took to him, but he's been through periods where things haven't been quite as good.

"But there's always something in Roy that makes us think he can get us a goal at the right time.

"He's always done well coming off the bench, having impacts in the game. In a lot of the games he has started, he's not had as big an impact but he had an impact here.

"I actually didn't know that he asked not to play at Madrid but now you mention it, there's a bit in him where he could need a bit of confidence, a bit of loving, really."