Belgian international Marouane Fellaini was probably not most Manchester United fans idea of a marquee signing, but now that the combative midfielder has arrived, the question must be asked: How will Fellaini's arrival impact Manchester United?
He'll take the pressure off Ryan Giggs
Ryan Giggs is a remarkable player in so many ways, but he can't go on forever. One of the things that has characterised the Moyes regime has been an over-reliance on the Welshman in the middle of the park.
Giggs has played as part of a midfield triangle with Michael Carrick and Tom Cleverley and has done a sterling job, but realistically a man who is nearly 40 cannot be expected to play every game this season. Fellaini's arrival takes the pressure off Giggs who can focus on playing the occasional game and learning his new coaching role.
He'll provide some steel in the middle
Quite simply, Fellaini is the sort of signing that Sir Alex Ferguson should have made years ago. Pretty much since Roy Keane's exit, United have been crying out for a player who can use his physicality to assert authority on the pitch, a player who can sit in front of the back four and mop up.
Many have speculated that the lack of this type of player is one of the fundamental reasons for United's relative lack of success in Europe. They now have a player of this ilk, and one of the best in the game.
He'll provide some invention
Don't get the wrong idea about Fellaini. He may well be a big, strong midfielder, but he's capable of moments of finesse too.
The big Belgian will be a welcome creative presence in the heart of the United midfield, and if he is able to strike up a good understanding with Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie, the man with the afro could be the key to United unlocking defences.
He'll provide goals
I'm not saying that Fellaini is suddenly going usurp van Persie and win the Golden Boot, but I am saying that the Belgian knows where the net is. He struck a goal every three appearances last season, and that sort of goal contribution from a midfielder should not be undervalued.
To put this into context, Carrick and Cleverley only contributed six between them in 76 appearances. Van Persie will almost certainly grab most of the goals again this year, but if he goes on another barren spell - as he did towards the end of last season - a midfielder who can weigh in with a few goals could be absolutely priceless.
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