Marouane Fellaini has been one of the stand out performers in this fledgling Premier League season as he has helped Everton to their best start since 2004 and has nabbed three goals in the process.
The Belgian has been almost unplayable at times this season and therefore his stock and price tag has risen in recent months after he was linked with a move away from Goodison Park in January.
Roberto Di Matteo’s Chelsea are rumoured to be interested in Fellaini and are ready to table a £30million offer during the next transfer window. However is the frizzy-haired midfielder good enough to make the big step-up to a title challenging side and is he really worth £30million?
Here’s three reasons why Di Matteo should look beyond Fellaini’s bouncy barnet and leave the two Manchester clubs to fight over him;
- He’s not quite up to scratch
Roberto Di Matteo has turned his Chelsea team into an attractive footballing side this season that play with tight technical passing and bamboozling movement. Top quality players with great control and vision have been allowed to flourish in the attacking third and it been very effective aswell as Chelsea are still unbeaten in the league this season.
With players like Mata, Oscar, Lampard, Hazard and Ramires it would be tough for any player to force their way into Chelseas very talented midfield and I’m afraid Marouane Fellaini just isn’t good enough to make it into this side. The Belgians strengths come to the fore when the ball is in the air and he is leading the play. However, Di Matteo’s Chelsea side like to play the ball on the deck and it’s the pace and movement of the midfield and Torres were the blues are really effective. Fellaini just doesn’t have the attributes and overall quality to improve this Chelsea side so what is the point in signing him?
- Where does he fit in?
Fellaini’s success at Everton this season has been largely due to his importance to the team and being involved all over the field. If he was to join Chelsea this January, where exactly would Fellaini fit in? Di Matteo’s newly established style and formation is very different to the way Everton play and I can’t see the Belgian being as effective in the Chelsea team.
Presumably Fellaini would sit in alongside Ramires, Mikel or Lampard in one of the two defensive midfield roles and protect the back four. However, for all that Fellaini is capable of using his strength to anchor the midfield, he is much more of a handful further up the pitch but the way Chelsea play now he wouldn’t fit in up front.
Di Matteo seems to prefer more technical and skillful players playing in behind Torres and using Fellaini in those positions could really disrupt their play. After looking at the Chelsea team, there just doesn’t seem to be a place in the side where Di Matteo would be able to get the best of the Belgian and should probably avoid signing him so he doesn’t disrupt the system that has taken the blues to the top of the table.
- There are better players out there
£30million is a lot of money to spend on one player and you have to be absolutely certain that they are going to improve your team before splashing that amount of cash. Fellaini, in all honesty will not make the kind of impact that £30million pounds-worth of talent should do in this Chelsea team so Di Matteo should look to spend his cash more astutely and look to gain real value for money.
There have been plenty of top quality players linked with a move to Chelsea in January and Di Matteo would do better to take a look at some of those rather than waste his money on Fellaini. Hot prospects like Bryan Cristante of Ac Milan and Gerard Deulofeu of Barcelona have been linked with a switch to Stamford Bridge aswell as big hitters like Sergio Ramos and Falcao. Investing in either world class players or possible future stars would be a better invesment than buying a player that is still not proven at the highest level in Champions League.