Everton boss David Moyes believes the £15million club record fee he paid for Marouane Fellaini is beginning to pay-off.
The young Belgian star has struggled badly to adapt to the pace and competitiveness of the Barclays Premier League since his summer move from Standard Liege.
Moyes' decision to buy the midfielder had started to be questioned, but the Everton boss said: "Because we paid a big fee for Fellaini, people seemed to think that he would make a big impact, immediately."
He added: "A big difference would have needed three or four players like that. But what we did was spend our money on a young player who everyone will hear a whole lot more about.
"He has come into a struggling team, and we are asking him to make a difference. That is hard. Initially we would have liked to use him occasionally but he has been thrown straight in.
"But he has scored a couple of goals now, he is playing OK, and we are warming to him and the crowd are too.
"He was shattered afterwards, the speed of the game in midfield, box to box, is something he may not have experienced. You will always make mistakes at 20, but I will be interested to see what he will be like at 23, 24.
"In the future Fellaini will be a star here. We bought him because we want him here for a few years, that's out strategy."
At times in Saturday's 1-1 draw with Manchester United he was little more than a spectator as Ryan Giggs - in a central midfield role - dominated the game.
But Fellaini popped up to head a deserved equaliser - his second goal since arriving at Goodison Park - to begin to win the hearts of Toffees fans.
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