This guy can do so much for Everton if he is coached correctly. He still has old habits but has improved somewhat. Unfortunately, he is tall and awkward which means he stands out in his aerial challenges and referees find it easy to penalize him rather than the opponent around the penalty area, similar to what happens to Crouch and also happened a lot with Big Dunc (although Big Dunc could dish it out far to obviously).
I believe too many referees cop out when these players are competing strongly and give the decisions the wrong way. Unfortunately, football has to live with a percentage of inept referees, just as it has to live with dirty defenders.
In the Newcastle game, Fellaini got some poor decisions against him. One thing he has to learn in the Premier League is not to antagonize referees after he is penalized fairly or unfairly by remonstrating too much which will only make him more of a target for referees.
Tom Bowers, Posted 28/09/2010 at 17:36:34
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1 Posted 28/09/2010 at 20:07:51
However, he's more in control when playing DM, and seems to get fewer cards when playing DM rather than AM.
And, one has to remember he's still a very young player. It's easy to forget this because of his size, transfer fee and hairdo (he he).
He's not a agressive player a la Duncan, who mostly scared the shit out of the opponents before smashing them to the ground ( or tried to strangle them ( Freund)). I miss Duncan.. Lots of fun watching him.
2 Posted 28/09/2010 at 20:16:14
To be fair to him though he does seem to have cleaned up his act somewhat, and seems to be getting a few less cards nowadays.
3 Posted 28/09/2010 at 20:36:50
I'm here all week.
4 Posted 28/09/2010 at 21:00:02
I don't see him as a big?? Just a player that has yet to be all that he can be.
5 Posted 28/09/2010 at 21:57:53
6 Posted 28/09/2010 at 22:05:07
It also made me wonder if at some stage there'll be a Hollywood version of The Fellaini Enigma, but in the Hollywood version he'll be playing for LA Galaxy.
(and played by John Turturro)
7 Posted 28/09/2010 at 23:08:32
8 Posted 29/09/2010 at 00:04:41
9 Posted 29/09/2010 at 00:18:37
10 Posted 29/09/2010 at 00:43:43
11 Posted 29/09/2010 at 03:19:27
12 Posted 29/09/2010 at 07:55:32
How many other managers play their defensive midfielder up front?...Mascherano, Essien, Palacios, Fletcher, Barry, Song. None of their managers at any time have played them out of position, put Fellaini where he belongs and see him blossom into the player he can be.
13 Posted 29/09/2010 at 11:41:52
14 Posted 29/09/2010 at 12:16:43
I'd say him and Cahill are the only two winners in the team, the rest are happy to become rich aspiring to mediocrity, as are the majority of players in this "con" we call the Premier League, predictable premiere bore!
15 Posted 29/09/2010 at 13:40:15
16 Posted 29/09/2010 at 14:20:07
Yes, I appreciate there is great pressure which says defend at all costs but referees also have responsibilties to clean up the game a little. Williamson against Fellaini was a prime example of desperate defending by a limited defender which constantly went unpunished by an inept referee.
I believe Fellaini was bought because of his height but he should only be a deep midfielder and not go forward except on set pieces. When forward he is generally static. He needs to learn about timing and making a run for the high ball at the right time.
17 Posted 29/09/2010 at 16:45:10
Lifting your elbows when jumping is a human instinct we've developed over thousands of years. Live with it clown. It won't change.
18 Posted 29/09/2010 at 18:26:15
I hear you've a book comming out called "How to make friends and influence people"
We all know about elbows being used to elevate. "Live with it clown" will not endear you for very long on this website.
As a fellow Evertonian, I'm gutted to read that.
19 Posted 29/09/2010 at 18:59:44
I disagree with your statement - I believe that It depends on how high and how "bent and pointed" your elbow becomes! Yes, modern day footballers do have to lift their arms to jump - but not to the extent some of them take it to. Thugs, purely out to hurt others.
Similar comments remind me of that RS thug - who absolved himself by trying to convince everyone that he "pulled out " of the tackle on Naismith - and the RS goalie who brought the art of lifting one leg to jump (considered normal) to a fine art of thuggery.
There are far too many people accepting these types of things as "normal" - they would make perfect candidates to join the FA steering commitee!
20 Posted 29/09/2010 at 19:12:21
21 Posted 30/09/2010 at 07:55:45
On the one hand, you have a God given talent, co-ordination and reflexes. You can't make a silk purse out of a sows ear.
But at this Club and others plenty have been the other way.
You teach the basics to them as kids the 3 G's, pass and move, support the guy with the ball, give him an option, more than one if poss.
They will, if the have half a football brain, learn by doing. The half-time and full-time debrief aka bollocking will put them right... along the lines of and no doubt prettied up in PC nice speak..wtf were you thinking of doing (or not doing) whatever.
Too much coaching ruins the game and some of the players.
It's a simple game.
Oi teacher, leave those kids alone...cue guitar lick.
22 Posted 30/09/2010 at 11:00:40
23 Posted 30/09/2010 at 11:25:04
24 Posted 30/09/2010 at 15:09:15
The Big Fella playing out of position is something we've all had to do when there are injuries ? I'm sure he'll get over it.
I can't think of anyone who has had a decent start to the season, but I've great belief that it will be turned around.
25 Posted 30/09/2010 at 16:55:44
Have to agree with you there. Last season he was immense in that position.
What we need is a striker! :-)
26 Posted 30/09/2010 at 19:37:07
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