Apart from how this announcement may harm morale at the club there is of course the question of how Fellaini’s declaration may affect the future of Everton football club.
There’s no doubt about it that Fellaini has been one of the best players in the Premier League this season. His height and strength is his obvious attributes however he is also capable of getting the ball down and playing passing football.
He is very versatile, with David Moyes in the past preferring to use him as a shield for the back four. This season he has been pushed further forward and the Toffee’s have reaped the rewards because of it.
Despite all the benefits though, he is not irreplaceable. Moyes and Everton have had to deal with the loss of their star player on many occasions before. One sale everyone will remember is Wayne Rooney and despite his departure Everton managed to finish fourth in the following season.
Other big names include Mikel Arteta and Joleon Lescott but these departures still haven’t stopped Everton from consistently overachieving.
And right now I think Everton are well prepared to deal with a departure as they have one of their strongest squads in recent memory.
If Fellaini does request a transfer I am confident that club will get a good return on the £15 million pounds that it took to bring him to Goodison from Standard Liege four years ago.
Moyes drives a hard bargain and with rich clubs like Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea and even Real Madrid being linked with a move, some pundits are predicting that we could get as much as double what we paid for him.
An example of selling not necessarily being a bad thing would be the sale of Jack Rodwell in the summer. By selling him the club freed up funds to help refresh the squad and Moyes used them well bringing in Kevin Mirallas. I would even go as far as saying that the sale of Rodwell is one of the reasons for Everton’s good start to the season.
I was watching Sky Sports’ Soccer Saturday at the weekend and Paul Merson said that if Fellaini is allowed to leave he can’t see the point of being an Everton fan. Basically what he meant was that if you sell your best players, it’s signifies a lack of ambition at the club.
Now apart from the fact that it’s Paul Merson saying these things, I have to disagree with this statement.
You have to be realistic and look at the financial situation at the club. As a fan I’d rather we were financially secure with a healthy transfer budget than struggling
Even if we get only £20-25 million for Fellaini, I still won’t be too disappointed and have faith that Moyes can unearth another gem. Whenever Moyes has some money to play with, more often than not he signs the right player. Therefore depending on how much of the transfer income Moyes is allowed to spend, the sale of Fellaini could in fact allow the club to reach the next level.