Belgian is 'too clever' to disrupt his progress
Responding to the speculation surrounding the Club's top scorer, Pienaar said: “He's enjoying his game at the moment so I don't think he'll want to disturb that progress. He's clever enough not to go.
“I don't think he will go in January. I'm sure the manager will keep hold of him.
There is bound to be an escalation in the media talk about the possibility of Fellaini leaving — particularly if Chelsea continue to struggle for form and enter the market for proven Premier League talent — but Everton will attempt to resist any overtures, especially if the player himself wants to stay put.
“There's a lot of speculation about but he's still contracted to the club," PIenaar continued, "and if we keep going like this we know it might still be hard to keep hold of him in the future — but who knows? He's been very important to us these last few weeks.”
Pienaar also spoke about Nikica Jelavic who is now on his longest run without a goal since joining Everton at the end of January.
“We all have our off days. He just needs to keep going,” he said. “The world changes. We're in a job when we get opportunities to get things right. Against Arsenal he had a fantastic game and kept the two centre halves busy. All credit to him after the week when he was sick and didn't train. He showed up and put in a shift.
“He's a popular guy in the dressing room and the way things are going we're a very healthy team. We make eachother smile and encourage eachother, which is important.”
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581 Posted 04/12/2012 at 18:37:49
Personally, I think if he goes it will be after the season, ....30 mill, no less!
587 Posted 04/12/2012 at 19:30:45
589 Posted 04/12/2012 at 19:39:17
I also think Baines will stay. Some players (yes, really) know that they will retire rich but might just want to look back on a career that had dignity and loyalty. What I find hard to take are Evertonians who condone, excuse and apologize for players who treat them with contempt.
590 Posted 04/12/2012 at 19:50:44
The only thing I would counter that with is that it's a short career and you never know when a life-changing injury might happen so players might feel that they need to move when they're hot and top clubs are interested.
I think he'll stay until the summer at least.
597 Posted 04/12/2012 at 20:13:48
611 Posted 04/12/2012 at 21:52:05
I just watched Man City and Arsenal who were both awful against a weakened Dortmund team and Olympiakos respectively. Both outplayed and well beaten!
I honestly am not afraid of playing any team in the Premier League at present; I'm more worried about supposedly lesser sides who put effort into their game. Man Utd are not playing well but are being 'gifted' the title by the ineptitude of Man City, Arsenal and Chelsea. Spurs are playing well sometimes but are not consistent.
We have a great chance to really shake them all up if we are properly supported by the board. If no money is made available to Moysey then we will miss the boat!
618 Posted 04/12/2012 at 22:30:47
The ambition vs mercenary thing is now true as we are competitive around the top of the league. It is the commitment to the cause allied to the superb ability we now have in the squad that is all important. Look at Man City being dumped out of Europe, bottom of their group and so not in the Europa League either. Their heart wasn't in it and it showed.
Our famous team spirit, team unity and all giving their all will see us home. With the distractions of Europe for our main other top 4 rivals, I think that we will do it in fine style over 38 league games.
623 Posted 04/12/2012 at 22:43:03
There isn't much anyone can do once a player's head has been turned and his agent will make sure it stays turned. Can't blame the player though. It's just like anyone who changes his employer when a bigger carrot is dangled.
624 Posted 04/12/2012 at 23:04:16
625 Posted 04/12/2012 at 23:27:02
It would be fascinating to see what the preference of the current generation of young footballers would actually be. Would Fellaini get in a top team week-in, week-out? Would they build a team around him in that Number 10 position like we have? I'm not so sure.
626 Posted 04/12/2012 at 23:30:42
631 Posted 04/12/2012 at 23:56:44
644 Posted 05/12/2012 at 03:08:37
680 Posted 05/12/2012 at 11:33:02
Secondly, it has nothing to do with Kenwright or his backers. Kenwright doesn't make anything if we sell a player, why would it be in his interest? Selling Fellaini for no apparent reason is a surefire way of ensuring your manager doesn't sign a new contract....
My take is that Fellaini will want to leave, but I don't see any of the UK CL teams coming in for him. As James Martin pointed out above, you have to play a very specific formation for Fellaini to be effective. He is never going to be an attacking midfielder that takes on players and puts in clinical passes for the strikers. If he does leave, my guess is that he will go abroad.
683 Posted 05/12/2012 at 12:33:58
Where is the money coming from to repay the £20 mill?
708 Posted 05/12/2012 at 16:43:52
Worst case scenario: Everton miss out on Europe leading to Fellaini and Baines to move on for eye watering fees. Moyes decides to call it a day. In steps an exciting new manager (Martinez or the like) who starts his reign with a healthy transfer kitty to build his own team. Big name players have left in the past (Rooney / Lescott / Arteta) and we have always come back stronger.
I really hope for the best case scenario, but if it does come to the worst case I know Everton will carry on. Now its up to the players to make it happen!
710 Posted 05/12/2012 at 16:58:33
719 Posted 05/12/2012 at 19:03:58
"Win medals", not have a sheikh buy them for you. Winning a medal with Everton would, in my view, be something of value, something worth treasuring, something to be proud of. There are players at Man City who have a Premier League Champions medal that is nothing more than a trinket that was bought for them.
I would like Everton to have more money, to keep us safe really, but the players at Everton have the opportunity of a lifetime. The chance to succeed against the odds. The chance to achieve something really special. That would be ambition.
724 Posted 05/12/2012 at 19:29:15
757 Posted 06/12/2012 at 09:41:20
788 Posted 06/12/2012 at 18:43:07
I'm a glass half full kind of guy! I was being a bit flippant, but I wanted to illustrate that EFC is bigger than any one individual and whatever happens with contracts, transfers and results we will carry on. We shouldn't pin all of our hopes on one or two individuals and despair if they chose to move on.
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