One of the hottest properties in the summer transfer window has been Everton Midfielder Marouane Fellaini.
The tall Belgian playmaker has been subject of interest from English Premier League giants Manchester United and Arsenal. But no one has dared to activate his release clause of £22 million so far, why?
The 25-year-old is comfortable playing as a holding-midfielder as well as in advanced positions as an attacking-midfielder. Fellaini is a regular scorer and creator of goals, an attractive option for team's looking for goalscoring midfielders.
It's been five years since the Belgian made a move to English football, and he is fairly settled in the system and league. In the last five seasons, Fellaini has notched up 25 Premier League goals in 138 appearances, this is excluding his contributions in cup games and in European competitions.
Fellaini was deployed in a more advanced position last season, which resulted in him scoring more goals than any other season in his career so far. Even though he was successful in an advanced role, the player has revealed his liking to play in a more deeper position which will suit his creative style of play.
Fellaini is someone, who likes to be in the thick of action. The 6-foot-5 midfielder is very strong aerially, and provides his team with a physical presence in both penalty boxes. Apart from that he possesses brilliant chest control, which makes it easy to pick him out even in difficult situations.
Fellaini's brilliant technique and creative vision makes him unplayable on occasion, especially with the deft touches and link-up play which shreds opposition defences into pieces. His versatility would be an excellent addition to any side in a physical Premier League.
Fellaini's vision and passing range helps him to execute the passes in the best way possible. He isn't afraid to assert himself even when surrounded by opposition players. The deft touches and chipped balls are often delivered with inch perfect accuracy.
There have been injury worries which prevented Fellaini from playing regular football. Those included ankle/foot, hamstring, pelvis/groin and knee injuries. So there is a chance that his injury records might have cooled off some interest from the chasing teams.
Even though Fellaini makes strong contributions in defence, some needless tackles has often resulted in red cards. Especially last season, as he was suspended on three different occasions. Apart from injury worries, his indiscipline will be another cause for concern for potential suitors.
Manchester United are apparently looking for a midfielder to partner Michael Carrick. Even though Cesc Fabregas is top of their wish-list, it will be worth every penny if they opt for Marouane Fellaini.
With his talent and abilities, Fellaini can be the missing piece in their jigsaw and with David Moyes, at the helm having worked with him for five years at Everton, he certainly knows how to get the best out of the Belgian.
Arsenal are the other club interested in luring Fellaini away from Merseyside. The Gunners midfield lacks physical presence and steel after Alex Song left for Barcelona. Fellaini and Mikel Arteta have played together at Everton before, and the combination can be quite fruitful too. Is it time for Arsene Wenger to reunite the pair?
Fellaini has established himself as an outstanding player in the Premier League. Even though his indiscipline and injury worries are a cause of concern, Fellaini's peak years are still ahead of him and his quality overshadows the negativities. Apparently, the chasing clubs are big fish who posses strong squad depth. With squad rotation often being employed, it won't be a bad idea to bring the Evertonian in rather than a player not suitable to their playing style or status.
How long it will take for Fellaini to find a new home? Will it be Old Trafford or Emirates? Or will their be a new twist in this story?
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