After a disastrous 11-month spell at Old Trafford, it's now being widely reported that Marouane Fellaini has been put up for sale by the new Man Utd manager, Louis van Gaal.
Van Gaal is being quoted as saying that Fellaini is 'Not a Utd type player.' Leighton Baines must be thinking how lucky he was not to commit to a move to Man Utd alongside the curly-haired Belgian.
I used to read some of the comments regarding Fellaini from Man Utd fans, and quite frankly, he became a laughing stock. Those glory-hunting fans turn on a player in an instant, you are not allowed a few poor games, or a settling-in period. (I suppose for £27.5M they are right to expect world class performances!) His price tag was not his fault though, and he certainly wasn't as effective playing in a deeper midfield role.
I hope that the likes of Ross Barkley, James McCarthy and John Stones are well aware of how your career can implode in such a short space of time. I would even point to Jack Rodwell, the forgotten man of Manchester City, and now he is available on a free transfer.
I hope Fellaini finds a new club that will give him the support to enable him to get his confidence back, but there are very few clubs like Everton out there. Players and managers alike should never take our support and immense loyalty for granted – Evertonians make you great!
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1 Posted 03/07/2014 at 16:08:35
2 Posted 03/07/2014 at 16:21:44
I have to say again, 㿇.5 million... so thank you, David Moyes. After the World Cup, they will be lucky to get 㾻 million Â– and I mean very lucky.
3 Posted 03/07/2014 at 16:28:07
4 Posted 03/07/2014 at 16:24:53
I agree, he didnÂt have a good season at United but I canÂt imagine a more difficult scenario for a player to move into....a club where the manager was not respected or even liked by the players and being asked to play in totally different role to the one he was used to with Everton and then having a long lay-off with injury.
I know he could be inconsistent and his running style makes him look lazy but overall he was a good player for us and his positive contributions outweigh the negative. IÂd have him back for about ٣ million quid!....leaving us an overall profit on the deal of 㿂m!!
5 Posted 03/07/2014 at 16:31:07
He didnÂt really get a chance at the start and then he was out for some time with an injury. Then peoples mind were made up and he got a bit part in the run.
He is a very good player, hence he wouldnÂt be playing for Belgium. I note the bellend Townsend was slating him against USA, acting all amazed as to why he hadnÂt been subbed and he offered nothing.
That prick really needs to stop getting his views from teh redtops
6 Posted 03/07/2014 at 16:33:16
I always liked him and I do think heÂs one hell of a footballer. His skill set is a bit specialized as heÂs really a strange hybrid of target man and attacking midfielder IMO. But I think Roberto could do a lot with him. HeÂd be an asset.
One negative - his best role is where IÂd like to see Barkley played... so weÂll probably not be interested. HeÂll also go for too much money. We can find more economical players that fit our system and not have to "retro-fit" Felliani back into the way we now play.
But if money wasnÂt an obstacle IÂd welcome him back with open arms.
7 Posted 03/07/2014 at 16:35:48
8 Posted 03/07/2014 at 16:35:34
He seems likely to go to some big money Eastern European club to me .... or perhaps a German club similar to Everton. I donÂt think he will stay in the UK.
9 Posted 03/07/2014 at 16:39:35
10 Posted 03/07/2014 at 16:37:20
At the same time the bellend was bigging up Mirallas when he came on and that was the only thing that stopped me turning the sound off. IÂd still gladly strangle the git though....especially after him criticizing Barkley for setting up that goal for the new redshite benchwarmer.
It was like a teacher giving you 99% and saying Âbut thatÂs not good enoughÂ and giving you a detention.
11 Posted 03/07/2014 at 16:43:51
12 Posted 03/07/2014 at 17:01:46
Not good enough to play in our midfield. Too slow, needs three touches to get the ball under control.
13 Posted 03/07/2014 at 16:57:51
He is a player who could be dazzling at times but there were so many other occasions when he could frustrate, remember all the times we panicked over those elbows poking at other players. Martinez expects 100% every game from his team and I do not think he will get it from him.
HeÂll go abroad I think. IÂ not worried about the young ones at all. I think you will see them all committing to adult contracts with adult pay rates before the end of the summer youÂll see.
I bet Bainsey thanks his lucky stars every day he s,tayed at Everton. To play for Man Utd, you need to have exceptionally thick skin. I think it will be just as bad this season and, whatever people on this site think about Moyes, it will show it was not him always at fault but the team.
14 Posted 03/07/2014 at 17:15:37
15 Posted 03/07/2014 at 17:26:31
Fellaini didnÂt play in midfield for the majority of the season he scored the goals.
16 Posted 03/07/2014 at 17:27:25
17 Posted 03/07/2014 at 17:30:07
18 Posted 03/07/2014 at 17:34:03
Why do people like to re-construct history Â– particularly in respect of last seasonÂs defections to Manchester United?
Would I have him back? No way. Like my hero Moyes, he is consigned to Everton history.
20 Posted 03/07/2014 at 17:52:32
Moyes was never a Utd manager, nor Fellaini a Utd player.
㿇.5million was all the clubs ChristmasÂs coming at once.
That said, with a club that plays a system that he can excel in, he is still an a highly effective player.
22 Posted 03/07/2014 at 18:15:39
23 Posted 03/07/2014 at 18:19:53
24 Posted 03/07/2014 at 18:22:17
25 Posted 03/07/2014 at 18:27:17
He was a huge cog in Moyes attacking tactics. It explains the big money move.
I donÂt think Roberto will make a move for him. He just doesnÂt fit RobertoÂs possession style.
Although "plan C" would be nice when A and B arenÂt working.
26 Posted 03/07/2014 at 18:42:05
As for Fellaini, I just remember pre-season after Stones (I think) scored against Juve, everyone ecstatic, except him pulling "IÂm too good for you, let me go." Even if I disremeber the occasion (yes,gin English), the image is there.
27 Posted 03/07/2014 at 19:03:26
I actually felt sorry for him at Utd. He never really had a chance to play. What was incredible was that the guy who bought him knew exactly what his best role was and yet did not have the nerve to play him there for Utd.
Its as if the job and his Everton purchase combined were just too much for Moyes and, as a consequence, Fellaini suffered.
I am sure that his performances in the World Cup will have attracted a few European teams.
However when/if he reflects he may think back to his Everton career and wonder ......... what if?
28 Posted 03/07/2014 at 19:16:37
29 Posted 03/07/2014 at 18:26:26
He always fancied himsefl at a Âchampions league clubÂ so can see him moving on to a mid level European club in spain or germany.
Would I have him back? No, not even on a free. HeÂs one of the best players in the world at bringing down the high ball and getting flick ons but that just isnÂt the way we now play (or the way I want us to play). Other skills are average.
HeÂd be perfect for an Alladyce side.
30 Posted 03/07/2014 at 21:31:41
Sorry but Fellaini doesn’t tick any of those boxes Â– not even for 㾶M or on loan.
31 Posted 03/07/2014 at 20:49:11
Fellaini is a good player and good at what he does best but heÂs too sluggish or at least looks too sluggish/awkward and the style of play is less fluid with him in the team which is something else important to Martinez, having a style of play that is attractive to watch.
32 Posted 03/07/2014 at 22:28:19
33 Posted 04/07/2014 at 00:57:57
I also think his inclusion in the Belgium side proves he can play different roles, given a certain amount of freedom (that Moyes didn’t give him). He was involved in the action all over the park. I’m still uncertain whether I’d take him back but I’d trust Roberto’s judgement on that.
34 Posted 04/07/2014 at 01:12:19
That said, I would defo take Fellaini back; in the current market, we would have a bargain at 㾻M I think. Great engine, great leap, composed, a decent passer, an even better recycler of a ball, and a really good ball winner. He had Yaya Toure wrapped up every time we met them too, which isnÂt something many players can say!
I think heÂd be a great signing to go with Barkley and McCarthy.
35 Posted 04/07/2014 at 01:54:59
Watching him for Man Utd last season was genuinely sad.. he looked awful almost every time. Just one year after he was the best player on the pitch against a decidedly superior Man Utd side when he was with us.
His play in the World Cup has shown he is much better than what he showed at Man Utd, but it’s difficult to predict what comes next for Fellaini.
36 Posted 04/07/2014 at 02:56:37
Van Gaal (mouthing the Glazers) quoted saying Fellaini is not a Man Utd type player? Whatever that’s supposed to mean, delighted. Hope that quote is true and he comes back to Everton.
What, 㾹 million? Cash or check? Terrific business if we could get him back in.
37 Posted 04/07/2014 at 03:42:02
"I thought I was signing a No 8! Â— David Moyes lifts lid on Marouane Fellaini.
"David Moyes has opened up about signing Marouane Fellaini when he was manager of Manchester United and has claimed he thought he was signing someone of the ilk of Chelsea’s Frank Lampard."
38 Posted 04/07/2014 at 05:46:15
He’s a very good defensive midfielder, coming into his prime. Just basically missed a year out of his development but, at 27/28, I don’t see why he can’t become that dominant midfielder I thought he was going to be in the year after we signed him. People forget that he did put in some excellent midfield displays.
My only nagging doubt with him is that when the going gets tough, he throws strops instead of digging in. Maybe that’s something he can develop with age.
39 Posted 04/07/2014 at 06:45:15
I know he ’s not exactly a Brenda type of player, but he would gobble up crease heads 40-yard diagonals and feed their little speed merchants... what a horrible thought.
I don’t think Barkley or Stones will learn from the Big Fella’s painful lesson; we all need to make our own mistakes, but at this stage of their careers, leaving Everton, would be (IMO) a huge mistake.
40 Posted 04/07/2014 at 07:33:23
41 Posted 04/07/2014 at 07:46:39
If having a good chest makes you worth 㿇.5 million, we should put a bid in for Dolly Parton.
42 Posted 04/07/2014 at 07:57:15
43 Posted 04/07/2014 at 10:19:55
I agree, Fellaini looks much more "like it" playing for Belgium; maybe it’s the World Cup and the effect of playing for his country... maybe his mindset has changed... or maybe the worldwide TV coverage is the best possible shop window in which to show his talent?
If I were his agent, I’d be telling him to "Go out there and show the world what you can do."
44 Posted 04/07/2014 at 10:36:54
I think Rodwell on a free transfer has legs though (just wish he did!)
I’d be interested who else was in the Old Traffor clearout, Hernandez is the sort of of player that I think would work brilliantly with Martinez at Everton. Quick, smart, good eye for goal will get into positions and contribute to play but not a target man.
45 Posted 04/07/2014 at 11:26:21
I strongly disagree! Rooney is nowhere near the player he should be. When we saw him for Everton, he was destined to be a world beater. Now he’s on the cusp of losing his place in a mediocre England team.
The player who plucked the ball out of the sky on the touchline at Fulham, mesmerised that poor sod at West Brom and scored that wonder goal v Arsenal evolved into a better-than-average player Â– but not a world beater!
It makes me sick to hear how Sir Alex Ferguson nurtured him! He turned him into a cog in a wheel rather than the out-and-out star he could’ve and should’ve been!
46 Posted 04/07/2014 at 11:44:03
If Rooney had gone to Spain at 18, he would be one of the best players in the world right now.
47 Posted 04/07/2014 at 11:40:42
Absolutely spot on. For his development as a player, it was the worst thing he could have done to go to Manure.
But his bank balance and medal haul felt the benefit though.
48 Posted 04/07/2014 at 11:53:37
49 Posted 04/07/2014 at 12:32:03
● Earning himself 𧷤 grand a week making him the highest paid player in the Premier League;
● Having a medal collection consisting of 5 league wins, 1 Champions league win, 2 league cups and a Fifa World Club Champions win;
● Scoring 216 times in 442 appearances for Man Utd, including a goal ratio in the Premier League for them of better than one goal every two games (158 in 307 games);
● Being 4th on England’s all-time top goalscorer list and the 9th most capped England player of all time....
What the fuck has Rooney got to show for himself since leaving us?
50 Posted 04/07/2014 at 12:54:26
His Champions League winners medal was hardly achieved (in that appalling final v Chelsea) by a performance in the Puskas/Di Stefano class!
51 Posted 04/07/2014 at 12:57:36
52 Posted 04/07/2014 at 13:07:12
Career resurrected at Goodison, playing well and playing for England because of his performances for us, then the infamous;-
"I want to play for Liverpool, I have always been a fan of them."
Very quickly disappears up his own ass-hole and from top flight football. Dodgy place, that Anfield...
53 Posted 04/07/2014 at 13:35:59
Rooney on the other hand has been a great player although just the last two seasons for different reasons he has not been at his best.
54 Posted 04/07/2014 at 13:37:52
Michael 33: I think Moyes gave Fellaini too much freedom in his last season at Goodison, and there was many a time I couldnÂt work out what his position was.
Chris 49: Rooney has had a great career, but it was his individual brilliance that was sacrificed, the minute he left Everton. I honestly think the kid has lost his fire and only a chance to play and make up to the fans he deserted could rekindle it?
55 Posted 04/07/2014 at 13:43:21
Nor did that great mentor of men, SAF, take him under his wing and protect and nurture him to maturity like the press claimed he would and that, by inference Everton couldn’t.
I saw him and thought Maradona, Cruyff, Best ... I don’t think of Barkley like that. Now Rooney is not even a Gascoigne for me.
56 Posted 04/07/2014 at 13:49:00
For this style of play, Fellaini is too cumbersome and would slow Everton’s approach play to a snail’s pace. He might currently suit a West Ham style of play but not ours. All round, he’s too limited a player and far too slow to cut it with the really big boys. He was a big fish in a little pond but even we’re a lake now.
57 Posted 04/07/2014 at 13:56:50
Yes, he had flashes of pure genius when he was with us but that is all they really were and for every Arsenal goal, great dribble etc, there were 4 or 5 average (at best) performances in what statistically speaking became the worst Everton team of all time.
To me Ryan Giggs is also similar story. I personally don’t think he became the top, top player he could have been when he was a teenager but then again he went on and played over 900 top level games and has won more medals than anyone else.
Joe Cole is another case too. When he was a teenager people used to drool over what he could do, yet he never really went on to be a great player.
The next one is going to be Ross Barkley and whether he goes on to fulfill his full potential. Let’s hope that he is the one and he does it in an Everton shirt.
58 Posted 04/07/2014 at 14:02:17
Rooney at 16 was in a different stratosphere when it comes to potential compared to any other young player I’ve seen live. I think Barkley has potential to be a class act but Rooney should have been truly great - and he hasn’t.
The reason he hasn’t is Fergie used him for what was best for Man Utd, not what was best for Wayne Rooney. This has brought him huge wealth and honours (which is what he wanted) but he’s sacrificed some of his individual talent and potential for it. You pay your money, you take your chance.
59 Posted 04/07/2014 at 14:12:30
60 Posted 04/07/2014 at 22:21:48
That said, I can’t see him in a Martinez team. The likes of West Ham and Stoke are where he is suited...
61 Posted 04/07/2014 at 23:01:23
Look at the media when he was younger... "Isn’t it great to see Rooney chasing back to his own corner flag?" No it wasn’t. Let the fullbacks and midfielders do your donkey work. Fuck the British Bulldog shit.
We can say Rooney didn’t develop as he should have, and I agree with that, but the alternative was close to a decade with Moyes. The guy who, when given a great talent dropped him and loaned him Â— because he gave the ball away too much.
English players get dropped until they give up on the notion that they can be as creative as their foreign counterparts. They come back brilliant at being average.
To that end, Rooney probably was better off at Man Utd than Everton. But he would have been even better off elsewhere with a coach who wanted to develop him properly.
62 Posted 04/07/2014 at 23:53:14
Rooney may not have fulfilled his maximum potential but as a footballer he has improved. He has been a EPL top scorer along with a EPL player of season so he must be better than the boy who sometimes replaced Joe-Max Moore!
I do agree that, if he’d had the bottle to stick it out with the Blues for another 3/5 years, then maybe tried his hand abroad, he may have been a better individual type player but, as a team player, he is almost complete in my opinion. He may have gone stale at Man Utd but he is decent in the air, heÂs a decent tackler, heÂs a world class finisher, heÂs good in the air, he can play upfront alone or in a front two or three, he can go in behind, he can drop deep, he can take free kicks... I mean, as far as I can see thatÂs pretty much a complete player.
That said, I would have loved for him to stay at the blues for life and show his blue aggression forever... but sadly this was not the case.
63 Posted 05/07/2014 at 02:17:01
Over-rated no-mark, that Rooney. Thank God we were rid of in time. And for the astronomical sum of 㿅 mil. Man Utd STILL hasn’t recouped that robbery.
And, of course, Fergy would have got Man Utd to 20 titles without him.
Of course, of course, of course.
64 Posted 05/07/2014 at 04:18:14
65 Posted 05/07/2014 at 04:36:11
He adds height at the back, can carry the ball forward, and is a goal threat. It will be interesting to see where he ends up. I personally would not have him back at Everton. Rodwell deserves another chance though.
66 Posted 05/07/2014 at 06:19:16
He may be the best in the world with his chest, but the suggestion that this is all he has in his locker could only be made by the blind or the bitter.
I would give The Dolly Parton suggestion a miss too; her original assets would have long since gone south and, as Robbie found out last year, signing a pair of tits may increase your wage bill, but it won’t strengthen you on the pitch.
67 Posted 05/07/2014 at 06:46:43
68 Posted 05/07/2014 at 09:31:16
69 Posted 05/07/2014 at 21:16:49
I hear YakubuÂs still only 23.
70 Posted 05/07/2014 at 21:47:31
71 Posted 05/07/2014 at 22:30:44
Baines and Jagielka have been made scapegoats for the England fiasco; it seems it is the done thing to criticise current and ex-Everton players for all problems.
72 Posted 05/07/2014 at 22:58:41
73 Posted 06/07/2014 at 10:33:09
Go and watch his performances in the last two seasons with the Blues Â– he was an outstanding attacking midfielder and almost single-handedly won a number of 'big' fixtures for us. I thought the initial bid from Man Utd was utterly insulting and the eventual price-tag about right.
He was, for us, a technically adept attacking midfielder (oh how we bellowed when he did Craig Bellamy with his turn) who scored a commendable amount of goals. One of the best in the Prem at his role. I am as surprised as most to see him clown around the midfield for Man Utd with all the nous and technique of a donkey, but I won't pretend I never rated him.
74 Posted 06/07/2014 at 22:59:27
I feel for the guy, alright a bad though injury-interrupted season... did any Man Utd player really turn up all season? He also did not ask to be wildly over-priced; same thing happened with Andy Carroll.
Would I have him back? Probably not because I don’t think he would fit into the Martinez style and I think his height encourages long-ball football, but he wouldn’t be the worst signing around. Before he left, if you’d have asked me was he worth 㾻M (our record signing), I would probably have said Yes.
75 Posted 06/07/2014 at 23:28:03
Moyes wasn't the only person to think he was worth 㿇.5m either, his Dad pushed his valuation and expectations up from Day 1. And eventually got exactly what he wanted. The question is Â– where do they go from here?
76 Posted 07/07/2014 at 01:36:03
㿇.5M may be overpriced in some peopleÂs opinion but would any Evertonian have really wanted to sell Fellaini for anything less? We paid 㾻M, he was a major success, heÂs still only 26 and heÂs a constant fixture in BelgiumÂs midfield... so 㿇M was about right.
Now that heÂs not had a successful season, Man Utd are pushing for a quick transfer so now the price is 㾻M(-ish). Get him back, get Rom, sneak in a free or two, plus a loan or two, add the pick of our youth squad Â– squad complete. That for me will be enough.
That said, we probably wonÂt have that much money as we never do... but, if we did somehow manage to get that together, we could push for top 4.
77 Posted 11/07/2014 at 19:29:08
He can't head the ball, gets caught in possession constantly and can't tackle.
78 Posted 11/07/2014 at 19:48:18
79 Posted 13/07/2014 at 12:15:13
He's never a centre-half in a million years, anyone with eyes can see it.
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