Marouane Fellaini: Summer Transfer Window Profile and Scouting Report
As with several previous transfer windows, Marouane Fellaini is a name likely to feature heavily in football gossip columns over the summer, with the Everton man possibly on his way out of Goodison Park.
Here's a breakdown of his numbers and a brief scouting guide to the Belgian, along with a some suggestions as to where he may start next season.
CONTRACT SITUATION: Fellaini signed a contract extension in 2011 that expires in the summer of 2016.
CAREER STOPS: Standard Liege (2006-2008), Everton (2008-current)
CURRENT CAMPAIGN: Premier League—31 games, 11 goals, 5 assists; Overall—36 games, 12 goals, 6 assists.
SCOUTING GUIDE: The appeal of Fellaini is that, at his best, he can be devastating for his team in two completely contrasting roles. His more familiar and preferred position is as a destructive, defensive midfielder, where he's well equipped to hassle, harry and scurry after attackers, before dispossessing them to launch an attack. However, this year the Belgian's predominantly featured in the same attacking role he played during his first season at Everton, where his strength, height and remarkable chest control make him equally imperious on his day.
WHERE NEXT? Everton were unable to clinch European football for next season which may finally cause Fellaini to pursue a move away, especially with David Moyes no longer in charge.
A critical rumour surfaced in January, when (among others) BBC Sport reported an alleged buy-out clause in his contract, meaning Everton are potentially powerless to stand in his way should a suitor meet that price.
A lot may depend on Everton's next managerial appointment and whether or not Fellaini feels the new man matches his own ambition. If he doesn't, it seems likely the Belgian will be appearing for a Champions League side next season.
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