Watch Out For – Marouane Fellaini !

Marouane Fellaini is a Belgian footballer who plays for Everton and the Belgium national football team. Born in Etterbeek to Moroccan parents, Fellaini played youth football for Mons, R. Francs Borains and Sporting Charleroi before joining Standard Liège. After winning the Belgian First Division and the Ebony Shoe whilst a Liège player, he moved to England to join Everton. At Everton he was the club’s Young player of the Season for 2008–09, when the club were losing finalists in the FA Cup. After rejecting the advances of Manchester United and following reported interest from Aston Villa, Real Madrid, Tottenham and Bayern Munich, Fellaini signed for Everton in September 2008 on a five-year deal from Standard Liège for an initial transfer fee of £15 million (a record for a Belgian player and a club record for Everton). He made his Everton debut in a 3–2 away victory atStoke City on 14 September 2008, and scored his first goal for the team against Newcastle United in a 2–2 home draw on 5 October 2008. Fellaini went on to score 9 goals in his first season, the most he has scored in a single season at the club to date.

Name in native country : Marouane Fellaini-Bakkioui
Date of birth                    : 22.11.1987
Age                                      : 24
Height                                : 6.3 ft
Nationality                      : Belgium
Position                            : Midfield – Defensive Midfield
Market value                    : 18.500.000 £
Player’s agent                  : Luciano D´Onofrio

Key Attributes:

Aerial Ability: Standing at  194cm, Fellaini is an extremely tall and imposing specimen and he doesn’t disappoint with an extremely good jump and heading ability. He averaged 2.6 aerial duels won per game last season winning almost 75% of his aerial battles. Compared this with Drogba, who averaged 1.8 and a 63% respectively. So this Belgian is Goliath in the air. This might be our solution to our set pieces.

Tackling: He averaged 2.9 tackles  and 1.6 interceptions per game last season and this puts him among the upper echelons of Premier League midfielders and the statistics show him to be an extremely good defensive player. He won the second highest amount of tackles in the league last season with 99. Impressive!!

Aggressive: Averaging almost three fouls a game, Fellaini is a combative midfielder who gets stuck in often. In his first season in the Premier League he picked up 10 yellows in his first 16 games so this aggressiveness may have to be toned down to a certain extent but it makes him an exciting player to watch.

Fellaini doesn’t let two many players get past him and this strength could be used to shield the Chelsea defense very well in that double pivot role. Playing at Everton has meant that Fellaini plays in a more withdrawn, disciplined role and if he were to move to Chelsea his attacking instincts would be put on show and he could easily reach 7-12 goals in a season, especially considering his strength from set pieces and being a benefactor of better deliveries in.

Conclusion: I would buy Fellaini with my eyes closed, to me he already has Premier League experience and would seamlessly fit into the current Chelsea team. My only concern is that this would result in lessened playing time for players such as Romeu and even Josh McEachran but despite that Chelsea need squad depth and players capable of playing different roles at different tempos. Will he finally be our solution to our defensive midfield ?

Players who need to think:

 John Obi Mikel, De Bruyne and (our poor creative midfielder) Josh McEachran!

Till Now (The Story):

“I am ambitious,” he told Belgian radio station RTBF. “I want to play in the Champions League or in the Europa League. Last season we finished seventh with Everton, and we were not able to qualify us for Europe, which was a shame. “If an ambitious club comes in for me? Why not, just to gain experience but I’m on vacation right now, I do not give too much attention.

“Every year they say I’ll be transferred to the left or right. But I’m still at Everton! “If it comes, I take, if it does not come, I stay at Everton, where I am happy, and where I still have a four-year contract.

He added: “They talked about me in Chelsea? If I had to go there, I would have several friends – Hazard, Lukaku, De Bruyne, Courtois – there are many Belgians! It’s good for the national team.”

Rating I would give him: 

What do you think?? Do you want Fellaini to be the next Belgium playerto enter Stamford Bridge??

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6 thoughts on “Watch Out For – Marouane Fellaini !

  1. I would definitely love to see Fellaini play in a Chelsea shirt. I’ve seen him play at Everton and he really did kick it up a great during the second half of the 2011/12 season. He was truly impressive then. If Fellaini chooses to move because of the Belgians, that is also very good because then there are more Chelsea players playing for Belgium in the international level.

    • Fellaini would be a great option here..He has a flair to be creative in any given midfield area. He would be a good buy for us (a 15 euro million would have been much better!) but with Hulk deal still hanging in a thread, I think we will have to wait and see for the next couple of weeks or months..

  2. He’d be a great signing now wouldn’t he. Only thing is that it would force quite a few players to the bench, in either Mikel, Lampard or Ramires.

    • Its the only draw-back of buying Fellaini..With the given form of Ramires, Lampard or Mikel, Fellaini will have to join us on the winter transfers…

  3. As an Everton fan I would be absolutely devastated if Fellaini went to Chelsea just because he is a great player for us since he joined in 2008 and is our record breaking signing of £15 million.

    He brings so much to Everton with his passing quality and his height ability to head in a few goals. Beyond that though, his tackling is just insane, how he tackles so brilliantly is beyond me. Fellaini is the type of person to look up and pass the ball to create play instead of just running like a headless chicken and losing the ball.

    I really hope he doesn’t leave Everton plus his link up to Jelavic has been great to cause Fellaini to score goals but let us wait and see.

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