The best idea for Everton may be to NOT replace Marouane Fellaini

Marouane Fellaini

The papers are full of stories suggesting David Moyes is about to revitalise his interest in signing Marouane Fellaini from Everton.

The former Toffees boss seems very keen on the midfielder, which opens up a can of worms in the form of how Everton go about replacing the Belgian, possibly their best player.

Well the best idea may be to not try at all and rely on the signings that Roberto Martinez has already made from an attacking point of view.

Martinez has always had a reputation for getting his teams playing a purer brand of football, with strikers who like nothing more than to take advantage of pressure and stick the ball in the back of the net.

The arrivals of Arouna Kone and Gerard Deulofeu this summer mean that if Everton are in a situation where they have no choice but to sell Fellaini because the offers is too good or he’s asked to go, they are already well placed to cope.

Fellaini would definitely be a miss to the club because of the goals and assists he came up with last season but if Martinez takes Everton in a new direction in terms of playing style, the blow should be softer.

There is sufficient argument to suggest that Fellaini is unique, not just in the respect of his hairstyle, and that trying to replace him would be a fruitless task because there aren’t too many players as effective as him around at the moment.

It’s also important to look at the support the squad already has in addition to those two players and there is plenty of evidence that Martinez has a lot to work with already.

Victor Anichebe has the ability to bully opposition defenders around the pitch so in that respect Everton will retain some physical grit for the times when Martinez’s flowing football isn’t working.

Nikica Jelavic is heading into a very big season having struggled in the last campaign. Alongside Kone, Anichebe and Deulofeu, the side should be able to compensate easily for the goals Fellaini would have scored next season.

Everton also won’t lose any small bit of experience if Fellaini leaves because they have very important players in the middle of the pitch like Leon Osman, which means the club can retain all of the benefits that come with experienced players.

Any fee Everton get for Fellaini is likely to be on the higher side because his contract doesn’t expire for another three years but the cash doesn’t have to go exclusively on a player to replace him.

It could be better used to improve other areas of the team or even to bring in two or three important squad players heading into the new campaign, which will increase the depth at Everton, giving them a superb chance to repeat their impressive form from last season.

What do you think? If Fellaini goes, does he need to be replaced?

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