Fellaini Continues To Be Linked To Chelsea

It seems that rumours regarding Marouane Fellaini are gathering pace. Chelsea have long been linked with him and it seems that the play...

It seems that rumours regarding Marouane Fellaini are gathering pace. Chelsea have long been linked with him and it seems that the player himself is searching for a way out of Goddison Park.

Fellaini said earlier in the season:

I am just starting my fifth season at Everton, this will be one of my last – I have seen everything. In January or at the end of the season I will turn to another club or championship.

Furthermore, John Chapman (@BelgoFoot) just this morning tweeted that the Belgian media say he is wanted by Chelsea, and that sky believe the same thing. I might add that Chapman, who specialises in Belgian football, is usually very reliable.

There have also been crazy figures thrown around, as high as £30 million in fact. While I think the chances of us signing him in January or the summer are high, I can’t imagine the board would ever pay that much!

For now, Fellaini is strongly linked to the club and nothing more. Let’s assume, though, for a second that at some time in the future Chelsea do sign him. Dow we need/ want him?

A lot rests on what role we want him to play. This season he has been playing in an attacking midfield role, often just off of the striker, and has been doing so very well! Everton would not have beaten united were it not for his contribution, and he has added another couple of goals and a few assists since then too. Could he ever break into this role with the likes of Mata, Hazard and Oscar playing there? It seems unlikely.

He is also capable of playing a deeper role, and has done plenty of times before. I don’t think that is best position, nor do I think it is where he would like to be playing, but he could certainly contribute there, especially if Lampard is on his way out.

What he does have, something that Chelsea uncharacteristically lack at the moment, is a physical presence. At 6ft 4, he would be able to give us an aerial threat and a plan B should we need one (that is if he were not plan A). Anyone who watched him against united, or any other game this season for that matter, will know what I am talking about.

This may all be hypothetical, but with him being linked to the club as heavily as he is, it is worth considering these things.

If it comes to it, my desire to sign him is conditional. 1. He must be happy to play in a deeper role, as I can’t see him playing regularly in the attacking four. 2. If we are talking figures anywhere near £30 million then let’s just forget it. Even if these are met I am not sure that he is right for the team.

Then again, he is Belgian, and he’d probably get on with Luiz.

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