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Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho is said to be interested in signing Marouane Fellaini from Shandong Luneng.
That’s the Fellaini who was something of a disaster at Manchester United.
He played 177 times for the club and scored 22 goals while registering a mere 12 assists. During his time under Mourinho, he played 89 times, scoring 11 times and providing five assists. Notably, he collected 13 yellow cards under the Portuguese.
DH nevertheless reports that the Portuguese made a personal phone call to the 32-year-old after Shandong lost the China Cup final to Shanghai Shenhua.
He is said to be keen to reunite with Fellaini in January as Spurs attempt to bolster their squad in the next transfer window.
And yet, it simply doesn’t make any sense.
Firstly, he’s ageing and will turn 33 next year.
Secondly, he’s only ever been a battering ram – often winning more aerial duels than any other statistic recorded by WhoScored – and he simply doesn’t fit into the way Spurs play.
This is a team that prizes fast transitions and counter-attacking over simply whacking crosses into the box and also one that already has a good number of attacking midfield options in Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen and Giovani Lo Celso.
Further forward, they have Harry Kane up front and Troy Parrott in reserve, while in central midfield the likes of Tanguy Ndombele, Moussa Sissoko, Eric Dier and Harry Winks keep things shored up.
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It simply doesn’t make sense from a squad depth perspective to be looking at buying Fellaini, whose contract currently runs until 2021.
He won’t be free, surely a black mark against his name to start with, and he’ll command exorbitant wages.
Purely from a monetary standpoint, it makes precious little sense; purely from a squad depth standpoint, it makes precious little sense; purely from a playing style philosophy standpoint, it makes precious little sense.
Spurs fans have to hope that this rumour is just that and that there is no substance to these reports.
Meanwhile, Spurs saw one man prove his worth against Burnley.