David Moyes has identified Marouane Fellaini as one of his key summer targets, as his first transfer window as Manchester United manager draws closer to its conclusion.
The Belgian had a great season last time out, while playing under Moyes at Everton and it is no secret that United are after a midfielder, but is he the right player for United?
Fellaini arrived at Goodison Park in 2008 for a club record outlay of £15million. His comical hair and combative style made him an instant favourite with the Everton fans, but question marks remained about his ability on the pitch.
In his first four seasons, he played as a central midfielder, but he never really looked comfortable playing so deep.
His technique and passing ability wasn’t up to the standard of the other players in the league and he was frequently booked and sent off, due to ill-timed tackles and poor temperament.
However, after Tim Cahill left the club, the big Belgian was pushed up the field to play just behind the central striker.
This new position, as a deep-lying target man, suited him perfectly. His sheer size and strength caused every opposition defence problems, his first touch was good and he showed good composure in front of goal.
Phil Neville, now a coach under Moyes at United, commented several times on Fellainis’ new position.
After Everton’s 1-0 victory over United last season he described him as a centre forward. He even said in an interview, “In his head, Marouane still thinks he’s a defensive midfielder.”
So with all the stats available and Phil Neville comments to bear in mind, Moyes still wants to bring in Fellaini.
He wouldn’t get in the side as an attacking midfielder or as a centre forward, which means Moyes plans to play him alongside Michael Carrick, even though it is clearly evident that he can’t cut it as a top level defensive midfielder, so for me, this signing would make no sense.
Maybe Moyes knows something the coaching staff and fans don’t, but surely an established central midfielder is what the Champions need if they want to win the title again, and Fellaini is certainly not that.
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