Do Chelsea need Marouane Fellaini?

Chelsea are heavily linked with a summer transfer bid for Everton’s Marouane Fellaini but how and where would the Toffees’ Belgian giant fit in to the team.

Everton boss David Moyes will be hoping he can hold on to the 25-year-old versatile midfielder this summer but he may have to resign himself eventually to losing Fellaini if a bid comes in matching his valuation of £24.5 million.

Fellaini has scored 12 goals and made 8 assists in all competitions for Everton this term in his 32 appearances but should he choose a move to Stamford Bridge this summer, I wonder whether he would get as many opportunities in the first-team.

Chelsea currently have the league’s best and undoubtedly most productive playmaker in Juan Mata who has occupied their attacking midfield role for an incredible 57 fixtures in all competitions this term.

In that role, he’s scored 18 goals, and made 31 assists – he’s undoubtedly been the Blues best player by a long mile this term. Meanwhile, Chelsea also have within their ranks Oscar who’s netted 10 goals, and made 12 assists, Eden Hazard who has 13 goals and 22 assists, Ramires who has 8 goals and 8 assists.

That’s not even taking into account the likes of John Obi Mikel and the on-loan Michael Essien – never mind the fact that on-loan youngster Josh McEachran will return hoping to break into Chelsea’s first team next term.

What Chelsea really require is a striker, first and foremost, and that will likely be their priority heading into the transfer window in July. However, with the unlimited resources available to the Blues, they will likely make an offer for Fellaini.

Unfortunately, mostly for David Moyes and Everton, Chelsea have absolutely no requirement for an attacking midfielder or, in all honesty, a midfielder at all.

Marouane Fellaini’s success this term at Everton under Moyes’ intelligent and resourceful management has been very impressive but I find it hard to imagine he could match that kind of form at Chelsea, given the range of options they have in his position.

Chelsea simply don’t need Marouane Fellaini – nowhere near as much as Everton do presently. What remains to be seen is whether Fellaini himself needs a transfer – I fear this season may well be where his career trajectory peaks, should he move to Stamford Bridge next term.

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