Marouane Fellaini was the signing Manchester United thought they needed, but already he is being written off as an expensive flop.
One statistic stands out, which is the fact that including his first three games of the season for Everton, Marouane Fellaini is yet to start a Premier League game this season and win.
His last outing was in the 1-0 home loss for United against his former club Everton, and he hasn't been selected by David Moyes since, with a back injury cited.
Now the news has broken today that the Belgian will has had surgery on his injured wrist which had been troubling him over the past few weeks - ruling him out for six weeks to two months.
United will hope to have Fellaini back in time for their Champions League fixture with Olympiakos in mid-February.
The 26-year-old has made four Premier League starts since joining United, and made four substitute appearances with three in the Champions League.
He is yet to score a single goal or provide an assist, while he does have one red card to his name, while his pass completion rate of 88.5 per cent is one of the few positives, but in terms of key passes he has provided just one goalscoring opportunity since joining the club.
The good news for United is The Mail reporting Michael Carrick could be back from his injury in time for the Boxing Day fixture against Hull City, a huge boost considering he was not expected back until 2014.
It's a sorry state of affairs for the Red Devils that Fellaini's extended absence is actually being welcomed by some United fans, but that's exactly the situation, while others are more measured in hoping the surgery will help the £27.5m midfielder bounce back to his best when he returns. It should be a blow, but realistically it isn't.
Here is a selection of what fans are saying about the news on Twitter:
MUFC FAN™ (@Whykay21) December 23, 2013
Fellaini out for 2 months, he been missing for 3 months already #mufc— Matthais (@Matthais1974) December 23, 2013
Fellaini out for 2 months he could use that to think about how he can change himself in order to fit into #MUFC— Prayag Premnath (@cobra9x) December 23, 2013
Fellaini out for 2 months, good grief what a terrible panic buy he has been. During his time lets hope he has a strict fitness regime #MUFC— Robert Whittaker (@Rob_Whit5) December 23, 2013
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