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Fellaini - Bright future awaits
In my weekly column looking at the best and worst of Africa from the Premier League, Marouane Fellaini has been a near-constant inclusion, testament to his impact to date. The Belgian international, son of a Moroccan footballing father and Moroccan mother, has been, arguably, one of the stand-out performers in the Prem this season.
What’s changed this season?
Well, it appears that in the absence of Tim Cahill, Fellaini’s attacking responsibilities have increased, and acting as a buttress behind Nikica Jelavic, the marauding midfielder has had licence to contribute more to Everton’s goalscoring.
He hasn’t disappointed.
A goal against Manchester United in the season’s opening game set the tone, and the towering Belgian has been near-unstoppable ever since. Despite only earning a point against Fulham at Craven Cottage some weeks ago, Fellaini was the game’s star performer, and could have won the match late on. Against Sunderland, subsequently, he was a match winner—silencing the travelling Mackem fans with another impressive finish.
Despite not heading to the Afcon in January, Fellaini is likely to adorn the back pages in a different guise—as fodder for the transfer gossip columnists. Rumours have suggested that Fellaini will soon be departing Merseyside, and while the midfielder has attempted to dispel these suggestions, the clever money might be on a move elsewhere—Chelsea and City are all ears.