Everton manager Roberto Martinez has wondered whether there would be a place for Marouane Fellaini in the side that he left for Manchester United last summer, according to Sky Sports News.
During his time at Goodison Park, Fellaini was a fundamental part of David Moyes’ Everton and the player scored 25 goals in 156 league appearances in five years for the Toffees.
However, since he followed Moyes to Manchester in a £27.5m move, the Belgian has struggled to replicate last season’s form and has not yet scored a goal for his new club.
After the player departed, Martinez brought in James McCarthy from previous club Wigan and also signed Gareth Barry on loan from Manchester City.
Both players have flourished in Martinez’s burgeoning team, and the Toffees are currently battling Arsenal for the final Champions League spot.
Speaking on Sky Sports News, Martinez said of Fellaini, "I think you take a little bit of time to adapt to a new club and it's not easy.
Remember that it's always a different way of playing your football in many respects.”
Martinez believes Fellaini needs more time to settle at Old Trafford - but is more than happy with the midfield options he has available at Goodison Park.
"Football is not that straight forward that you bring a player from one environment to another and it works straight away,” the Spaniard added. “I think good players always find a way to be successful and sometimes it's a matter of time.
“But you look at McCarthy, Gareth Barry, Leon Osman - where would Fellaini have fit?
In football you move on so quickly. I'm just happy with the squad that we have.”
Indeed, Martinez even seemed to hint at McCarthy being an improvement upon Fellaini, “...James McCarthy would never have happened if Marouane didn't go.”
If Martinez is able to guide Everton into the top four, as he promised at the start of the season, Fellaini will undoubtedly look enviously back at the side he left in the optimistic hope of Champions League football.
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