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Marouane Fellaini had a disappointing debut season at Old Trafford
Position: Center-defensive midfield, center-attacking midfield
2013-2014 EPL stats: 12 starts, zero goals, one assist, five chances created, 2.8 tackles per game, 52 percent headed duels won
After a scintillating 2012-2013 with Everton, Fellaini was bought for a hefty £28.5 million by Manchester United, and since then he has looked lost, out of place and out of form. Once regarded as a physical force in the center of the park, Fellaini won barely more than half of his attempted headers, and often looked skittish and tentative, with Yaya Toure's dominating performance over him showcasing this perfectly. After gaining a reputation as a marauding attacking force, with 11 goals and 40 chances created for Everton, Fellaini looked devoid of creativity for United, and incapable of producing a final product, unable to score from 25 attempts.
While Fellaini was extremely poor, it is worth noting that he missed three months due to injury, that he was competing with Tom Cleverley, Michael Carrick, Ryan Giggs, and Darren Fletcher for playing time and he never started more than two EPL games in a row. If Louis Van Gaal decides to give him a fresh start, Fellaini could greatly benefit from the potential transfer of Toni Kroos to United (Daily Mail). Just as Fernandinho allowed Yaya Toure to enjoy a 20-goal season, Kroos could offer the same sort of defensive cover (that Carrick or Fletcher couldn't) to Fellaini, allowing him to at least get on the scoresheet a couple of times in the coming season. It goes without saying that Kroos is an elite player, and Fellaini would benefit highly from partnering him in the midfield. If this transfer happens, the Belgian could make impressive performances like the one against West Ham on March 14 (WhoScored) the norm.
2014-2015 stats predictions: 22 starts, three goals, two assists, 16 chances created, 2.5 tackles per game, 55 percent headed duels won