Fellaini prominent in Everton’s early season EPL success
As you look down the Everton team sheet there are some notable names missing that have featured heavily over the past seasons.
Gone is Australian international Tim Cahill, who has been one of Everton’s key players since he joined the club from Milwall in 2004, as well one of club’s brightest young prospects and England international Jack Rodwell, who agreed to a £12m deal with reigning champions Manchester City during the off-season.
In the absence of the big names, it’s time for some of the fringe players of the past, including 24-year-old Belgium international Marouane Fellaini, to step up and fill in the role the former big name players have played.
The 2008/09 Everton young player of the season winner has had his name written in many referees’ notebooks over the seasons for the wrong reasons, but the fiery afro-head has showed his class so far this season with his speed through the middle of the field.
The six-foot-four midfielder has set up many goals for the team and has also scored more goals in the past three months then he did last season.
His decision-making has come on in leaps and bounds this season, and with Stephen Pienaar returning to the club after a short but unsuccessful stint with Tottenham, the pair have given headaches to opposing teams defence, helping Everton to its best start to the season in years – currently sitting in fifth place just six points behind league leader’s, Chelsea.
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