As Belgium bow out in the quarter-finals of this years World Cup, Marouane Fellaini has been a prominent figure for his national team this summer. The robust central midfielder added a physicality to the Belgian team which proved very hard to play against. The Manchester United player also got on the score sheet during their 2-1 win over a very tricky Algeria team.
A string of lacklustre performances forced Fellaini to watch the majority of the 13/14 season from the bench, making just 16 appearances in his first season; but of course he wasn’t the only player to underperformance this season. The English media have loved nothing more than watching the poor performances of Manchester United’s big summer signing, but this media coverage has overshadowed what was a terrible season for several United players, such as Carrick, Valencia etc; Fellaini was even voted Number 1 in The Telegraph’s ’10 worst 13/14 PL signings’.
We mustn’t forget that this same player (only 26 years of age) scored a goal every three games for Everton in his last full season at Goodison Park. Love him or hate him, he adds a physical presence in the centre of the park, something we have lacked since the departure of Roy Keane. He may not be the prettiest player in the dressing room, but he can break down play, is a threat in the air, kicks people, and is an absolute nuisance to play against.
I know he isn’t going to light up the Premier League in a Manchester United shirt, but he adds something to the team that nobody else does. If we can break away from him ‘not being a Manchester United player’ and get behind the giant Belgian, we might just see some value from that £27.5m outlay.