Everton: What does the future hold for Fellaini?
Everton fans' faces will have turned grim after seeing what Marouane Fellaini has had to say in the past few days.
“This will be my fifth season at Everton and one of my last”, “I have seen everything, in January, or at the end of the season, I will turn to another club or championship.”
Losing one of Evertons key players would be detrimental to the Toffees' chances at qualifying for Europe this season. Forget the idea of him leaving, but rather what the newly acquired players at Goodison will think: “One of the best players at the club wants to leave?” and “What kind of ambition is my new club showing?”
Now let's think of the other effect of Fellaini leaving. Who could possibly replace him? I don't know of many tall, technical and physical central midfielders. However, maybe Yaya Toure fits into this category, but I doubt he would ever come to Everton( no offence). So in this way Fellaini is extremely individualistic.
Unlike when Mikel Arteta, Jolean Lescott and Tim Cahill departed, no suitable replacements come to mind. This makes Fellaini a player that Everton can't really afford to lose. But luckily for the Toffees they are in a very strong and commanding position if a team should come in with a big money bid. This is because Marouane signed a new five-year contract last season worth a reported 75,000 pounds a week, making him Everton's highest player.
Fellaini moved to Goodison for £15 million in 2008 from Standard
Liege. What this means is that Everton would want to gain a profit if
Fellaini were to leave which means that a club would have to come in
with a bid of at least £30m plus.
Another question is which teams would actually come in for Fellaini? For instance: Where would he play for a club? Would he be a holding midfielder where he has not actually been so convincing yet, or would he play as an attacking midfielder being the striker? Even though most teams prefer to have quick, pacy, small and creative attacking midfielders, such as Santi Cazorla, Samir Nasri and David Silva. Teams prefer this instead of creating a focal point in the centre of midfield.
Fellaini should not leave Everton. He and the club are a perfect fit and he if he leaves the grass may not be greener. An example of this that will be very fresh in Everton fans minds is Steven Pienaar leaving to Tottenham Hotspur and then returning to the club 12 months later. Fellaini fits Everton's system extremely well, and when playing for the Toffees he looks like he has been playing for them his whole life, and that is no matter what position he plays for them.
So all Everton fans should be sleeping well knowing that Fellaini is not going to leave Goodison at least for a year, and even if he does, Everton will receive a massive profit to reinvest into the squad and teams finances.
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