Ranking Marouane Fellaini's 6 Best Goals for Everton

Matt CheethamCorrespondent IJanuary 11, 2013

Ranking Marouane Fellaini's 6 Best Goals for Everton

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    By scoring in the closing stages against Cheltenham, Marouane Fellaini notched up his ninth goal of the season, already equalling his best return for the club.

    He also hit nine in his inaugural campaign, but from several more appearances.

    In total, he's now one shy of 30 in Everton colours (29) and is the second highest scorer in the squad behind Leon Osman (48).

    But which of those strikes stood out most?

    After sieving through all 29, it has to be said—while he's surprisingly gracious and deft at times in possession—he's generally cut a far less elegant figure in front of goal.

    Few goals have been struck with memorable finesse, instead it's been more a case of making sure the ball crosses the line. Therefore, a large factor in ranking his goals comes down to importance.

    Here's a look at the Belgian's top six.

6. Goal vs. Middlesbrough 2008/09

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    This goal enters the important category, but there was also a certain element of skill in the finish.

    In the quarterfinals of the FA Cup, Everton were expected to easily depose of relegation candidates Middlesbrough in front of a bumper crowd at Goodison Park.

    However, after an edgy first half, the Toffees trailed 1-0 and fans were beginning to question their side's application.

    Thankfully Fellaini was on hand to restore the faith in the second half, equalising with this clever header.

    He beat his man, lowered his neck and lifted the ball over the advancing goalkeeper, before Louis Saha ensured Everton marched on with another header moments later.

5. Goal vs. Manchester United 2008/09

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    After a £15 million transfer, Fellaini needed a goal to announce himself to the Goodison Park faithful.

    Although he netted his first strike for the club in a 2-2 home draw against Newcastle, this typical bullish header was his second goal for the Toffees and proved a crucial equaliser against Manchester United.

    He managed to beat Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic to power home and secure his side a point.

    The moment is captured at 0:58 of this 2008/09 review. 

4. Goal vs. Manchester United 2011/12

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    In one of the Premier League's games of last season, this goal roused Everton at 3-2 and eventually helped them seal a remarkable 4-4 comeback against Manchester United.

    Left with a ridiculous amount of freedom in the host's penalty area, Fellaini finished first time with a smart volley, beating David de Gea at his near post.

    This was also one of the first occasions the Belgian was used just behind Nikica Jelavic, a tactic that has since become Everton's favoured approach.

3. Goal vs. Manchester United 2012/13

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    This goal—once again, against Manchester United—seemed to elevate Fellaini from a respected Premier League performer to a recognised powerhouse in the game.

    As he had all match, he beat Michael Carrick to the ball for his goal, powering home an unstoppable header to send Goodison Park into raptures.

    It was a finish that put the icing on a commanding Man of the Match performance, and gave Everton a memorable 1-0 win and an unusually positive start to a season.

2. Goal vs. Bolton 2009/10

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    This was probably Fellaini's most technical, skilful finish in an Everton shirt.

    The Belgian received a long pass from Lucas Neill, controlled it while holding off Gary Cahill, pirouetted and smashed home a finish from 12 yards out.  

    An equaliser at the time, sadly the goal counted for little as a depleted Everton were eventually overpowered 3-2 at the Reebok Stadium. Still, a nice one for his collection.

    With that being said, it seems all video evidence has left the internet, although most of it's caught in this video at 5:36.

1. Goal vs. Arsenal 2012/13

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    Renowned for headers and generally bundling the ball over the line, this was a rare long-range effort from Fellaini and his furthest strike in an Everton shirt

    After some persistent hassling from Steven Pienaar, Fellaini strolled into possession and hit a precise effort that was too much for Wojciech Szczesny in Arsenal's goal.

    It was a vital equaliser in a 1-1 draw and was important in keeping the Toffees competitive in this season's Champions League race.