Born to Moroccan parents in Etterbeek, a small town near Brussels, the afro-ed box-to-box midfielder has flourished into one of the top midfielders currently playing in the Premier League.
Fellaini is similar to Man City’s Yaya Touré in the way he can play in multiple positions and can dominate the midfield with his height and power as well as being able to burst through defences like a wall of water against four ficus trees.
We are told by some pundit after every game that Fellaini has played well in that he has a “good touch for a big man”. He doesn’t. He has a good touch for a footballer. And he can reach the top of this sport.
Speaking to Het Nieuwsblad today, Fellaini said the following:
“I have started my fifth season at Everton and this will be one of my last seasons. I have seen everything. In January, or at the end of the season, I will look for another club or league.”
Looks pretty clear he’s set to leave Goodison Park. And it’s understandable if he is to fulfil his clear potential.
Where will he be off to? Chelsea, Bayern Munich and Real Madrid have been keen admirers of the Belgian for years. He rejected Manchester United when signed for Everton in 2008, and they will surely be interested after his last two performances against them. He would be a perfect fit in a rather threadbare Manchester United midfield that is not getting any younger.
To be honest, he’d fit in at any major club. It’s a no-brainer to bring a player like Fellaini in simply because ability in multiple positions from defensive midfield to centre forward. The price-tag will most likely be around £25 million.
Fellaini will be remembered along with Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku as the most talented players of this new Belgian ‘golden generation’ (I hate that term). The most talented since Enzo Scifo.
He must move to a club that will be challenging for trophies, which he cannot win at Everton, if he is to be recognized as one of the true greats of Belgian football.
Written by Youcef El Barhdadi
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