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
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.”
What do you think?? Do you want Fellaini to be the next Belgium playerto enter Stamford Bridge??
- Chelsea: Midfielder open to Bridge switch (clubcall.com)
- Hair today, gone tomorrow: Fellaini says ‘if ambitious club come, I go. If not, I stay’ (mirror.co.uk)
- Fellaini could leave Everton (standard.co.uk)
- Live Sport Reports: Fellaini could leave Everton (walesonline.co.uk)