Marouane Fellaini: proving to be one hell of a good signing for Everton

More has been written about his poor disciplinary record and his weird hair-do’s.

Amazing Afro

Amazing Afro

Weird Hair-do's of Fellaini
Weird Hair-do’s of Fellaini
Trimmed and groomed

Trimmed and groomed

But people seem to forget the immediate impact the youngster has made on Everton and the premiership in general.

I was wondering what to write about when it struck me that more bad has been written about this poor lad who has just recently turned 21. Yes thats right, he is just 21, and yet he has broken the Belgian transfer record and he has broken Everton FC tranfer fee record when they signed him on the last day of the summer transfer window for around 12+ million pounds from Belgian side Standard Liege. So i thought i might as well shed some light on the good work the kid is doing at Everton.

He is a distinctive box to box type mid-fielder. He is great defensively as well as has a very good knack of scoring goals. His finishing at times replicates that of a accomplished striker. He has already scored 6 goals for Everton in just over 4 times as many games. 1 goal every 4 matches for a Box to Box midfielder sure seems like a very good return.

He has scored some really crucial goals for the team and had a big hand to play in all the 4 goals scored at the weekend against Wigan.

I would have to agree with critics of his poor disciplinary record. But cut the guy some slack, he is just 21. He is still learning the game and will surely get only better with time.

I really feel David Moyes has pulled a summer transfer scoop in signing Marouane Fellaini.

I think Arsenal would have been helped a great way if they had signed him and his physical prescense in the weak looking Arsenal midfield could have been the difference in where we are sitting now (4th) vis-avis where we could have been competing for the title. And more so the signing fits into Arsenal’s scheme of things buy young et al. Though Wenger wouldnt have paid 12 mil for him.

I dont want to take credit from Denilson/Song/Diaby, who have all been turning in some decent performances off late. But at the start of the season they were all just not ready to be put straight in to fill Flamini’s shoes who had done a great job last season.

All the same i look forward to the Champions league matches tonight…
My predictions: –

Villarreal vs Arsenal – Arsenal to nip Villareal by sneaking a lone goal: 0-1.

Man Utd vs FC Porto – Man U 2 win comfortably but Porto to score too 3-1.


EPL Results & Review (4th & 5th October 2008)

Like i had told in my preview to the weekends big 4 clashes none of the matches was a cakewalk for either of the big 4’s.

One had a easy victory, one needed a slice of luck (liberal refreeing), one needed to fight back with all they had till the very last minutes of the game to get 3 points and another had to fight even harder till late into the injury time to snatch even a point from the game.

Chelsea had a relatively easy win over Aston Villa. First-half goals from Joe Cole and Nicolas Anelka kept Scolari’s men at the top of the Barclays Premier League, and it could have been more but for the reflexes of Villa goalkeeper Brad Friedel. The hosts, already without the services of host of their star players then saw midfielder Cole limp off as he picked up his apparent foot injury and hobbled down the tunnel. Anelka, struggling with some spasms before the match, was also taken off at the break meaning Franco di Santo got a decent run for full 45 minutes. Branislav Ivanovic also made his league debut for Chelsea and appeared to be in control with John terry in the heart of the Chelsea defence.

Manchester United needed a bit of luck as brown broke the deadlock just after the half an hour mark as referree seem to have ignored the fowl of Vidic on the Blackburn goalkeeper Brown. Once that goal happened ManU looked like a completely different side showing glimpses of the Manu of last season. Ronaldo set up Rooney for just after the hour mark for the English player to continue his decent goal-scoring form off late. Tevez and Berbatov had chances which the strikers could not finish unfortunately with the formers effort hitting the cross bar.

Liverpool left it late for Dirk Kuyt to snatch the winner before 2 goals from none other than Fernando Torres had cancelled Manchester City’s lead. Stephen Ireland scored the opened for Man city and Javier Garrido the young left back scored from a super free kick to double their lead. Rafa must have given his team some very important team talk as they looked completely in control in the second half. Man City also took the foot off the pedal and were happy defending in numbers but had to pay the Price as Torres slotted in from close range to reduce the lead by half. Man City were made to pay the price further as Zabaleta was sent off by referee Peter Walton for what the official deemed as a two-footed lunge on Alonso. Torres soon doubled the lead by putting in a header from Steven Gerrards corner. Dirk Kuyt scored 2 minutes into the injury time to give Liverpool all 3 points and leaving Mark Hughes wondering what went wrong for his side after they had taken a comfortable 2 goals lead.

In the fourth match of the Big 4’s this weekend, Arsenal’s bad form in the Premier league continued with Wenger’s boys almost facing consecutive defeats at the hands of Roy Keane’s Sunderland. Sunderland played defensively all along and left Arsenal to create very few chances. Robin Van Persie’s goal before the hour mark was disallowed after the referree deemed that ball had gone out of play before Theo Walcott crossed it in the box for RVP to score. Replays suggested otherwise. Nothing seemed to go right for the Arsenal team as the deadlock was finally broken with four minutes remaining when Leadbitter drilled the ball past Almunia and in off the underside of the bar, although the drama was far from over there. With the game in the third of four minutes of stoppage-time, Fabregas headed van Persie’s corner home to snatch a point and rescue his side. Arsene Wenger will have a lot of thinking and tinkering to do to his side who have so far shown a lot of incosistencies this season.

In some other Matches over the Weekend, Hull City beat Tottenham Hotspurs and continue to amaze all and are now sitting 3rd in the league table. Spurs on the other hand sit right at the bottom of the table with just 2 points from 7 games. Geovanni was the scorer for Hull and continues his knack of scoring audacious goals with a stupendous free kick already having scored 2 stunning goals this season.

 Everton were held by Newcastle in a 2-2 draw. Bolton ran 3-1 winners against West Ham away. Both Engalnd internation strikers i.e. Jermaine Defoe and Peter Crouch scored to help Portsmouth to a 2-1 victory over stoke city. West Brom defeated Fulham 1-0 to take all 3 points.

The newly promoted sides this season definitely look much better than last years. Though only time will tell if all or any of them will be in the premier league the next season too.

Below are the list of EPL results i have compiled for you, so enjoy: –

West Ham
1-3 Bolton  
  Cole 68:41   Davies 29:39  
    Cahill 33:27  
    Taylor 86:00  
0-1 Hull  
      Geovanni 8:08  
2-0 Aston Villa  
  Cole 20:45      
  Anelka 43:04    
Man City
2-3 Liverpool  
  Ireland 18:16   Torres 54:52  
  Garrido 40:48 Torres 72:47  
    Kuyt 90:00(1:17)  
2-1 Stoke  
  Crouch 24:52   Fuller 47:39  
  Defoe 50:18    
2-2 Newcastle  
  Arteta 16:43 Scored   Taylor 45:00(1:32)  
  Fellaini 34:27 Duff 46:16  
1-1 Arsenal  
  Leadbitter 85:05   Fabregas 90:00(2:45)  
West Brom
1-0 Fulham  
  Bednar 60:26      
0-1 Middlesbrough  
      Aliadiere 88:21  
0-2 Man Utd  
      Brown 30:10  
    Rooney 63:19  

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