Why Marouane Fellaini Would Be Wise to Stay at Everton
The big clubs are circling Marouane Fellaini after a string of impressive performances, but why should the Belgian be so quick to jump ship?
With the midfielder developing rapidly into an elite player, these clubs are right to show interest. However, here's why the former Standard Liege man should stick around a while longer.
Marouane Fellaini has admitted he harbours hopes of moving to a "big club," but is fully prepared to wait for his chance and respects Everton's needs and wishes.
Per Sky Sports:
"There is an interest in me, but Everton are an ambitious club as well. I don't think they will let their best players go just like that. I want to play for one of the biggest clubs one day. But I am patient."
We may have heard this spiel before a number of times, but at least the Belgian has gone some way to trouncing reports in Flemish newspapers that he thought his time at Goodison Park was limited (via Sky Sports).
What's Wrong with Everton?
People speak of the need to move onward and upward, seek fresh challenges and ultimately play UEFA Champions League football.
However, there's a chance UCL football could be on its way to Goodison Park if manager David Moyes can add to his squad in January and keep his key players around.
Everton are one of the most respected and historic clubs in the English game. They've got plenty of history to add to, so why not help the current crop do it?
Players in the modern game should not be so desperate to cut ties and move on without remorse. Moyes paid £15 million to bring him over as a relative unknown who could easily have flopped.
For a long time now, David Moyes has been touted as the eventual replacement for Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United.
The Scot continues to get the best out of players who have lost their way elsewhere, including Steven Pienaar, Kevin Mirallas and Phil Neville, while simultaneously managing a club with torrid finances.
He's not afraid to try new things to win games—just see Marouane Fellaini's conversion to a second striker, or his decision to prohibit training for three days before the season opener against Manchester United as examples of that.
Success follows Moyes. If Everton hadn't been so unlucky in 2005 with Liverpool winning the UEFA Champions League, who knows what kind of team we could be seeing right now?
One or Two Players Away from an Elite Team
Marouane Fellaini is not the sole reason Everton currently sit fourth in the English Premier League.
His colleagues are stepping their game up in a big way. Leighton Baines and Steven Pienaar are the best left-sided duo in the EPL, Kevin Mirallas looks fantastic and Seamus Coleman is growing as a player.
Tim Howard, Nikica Jelavic and Phil Jagielka remain classy as ever, and it's easy to forget they have a World Cup finalist among their ranks in Johnny Heitinga.
The Toffees may well be just one or two recruits away from having one of the best starting lineups in the league.
The Ashley Young Philosophy
No, the Ashley Young route is not the one that goes to ground easily inside the penalty area.
The England winger signed a new contract at Aston Villa in his prime. During that period, Villa were improving season on season and looked ready to threaten the UEFA Champions League places.
Some may argue that Young stuck around for one season too many, but he was still able to earn a £17 million move to Manchester United after he felt his side had hit an irreparable decline.
At 24 years of age, Fellaini can afford to stick around and see what David Moyes can bring to Everton. If it hasn't happened in two years, and he's still performing at an elite level, most wouldn't begrudge a potential move.