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Target Fellaini?

With Chelsea, seemingly, deciding to splash the cash again, the tabloid rumour mill has us linked with another Belgian international.

This time our reported target is the Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini.

Fellaini is, if Everton are prepared to do business, rated in the 20 million bracket, it remains to be seen if there is any truth in the rumour or whether it is purely tabloid gossip.



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The Journalist

Writer: Merlin Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday June 7 2012

Time: 9:35AM

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I've been calling for this one a while now. Whilst many on here are calling for a deeplying play maker, I feel the balance wouldn't be right with Hazard, Mata, Hulk and Torres in the same starting line up. There's enough attacking threat from those 4 to not need another play maker, albeit deeper. I think in the system Di Matteo uses you have to have solidity behind the flair. I feel that the energy of Ramires with the power and presence of Fellaini, or Mikel as back-up, we'd have perfect balance in the middle. The other good thing is that he is powerful in the air, the formation could be changed easily as Ramires is as much an attacking threat as he is good at closing the opposition down, so if we did have to change system in a game and not have an AM, the addition of Fellaini would help us execute that. What we need is not another play maker, but someone who can allow those further up to stay forward and hit teams on the break. This would be an immense signing. Only one other player I'd go for in the mould of Fellaini and that's Tiote. My dream team? Cech, Ivanovic, Luiz, Terry, Cole, Ramires, Fellaini, Hulk, Mata, Hazard, Torres. Great flexibility!
aslaram
Very good player but I don't think we need him.
Drog of War
This rumor just confuses me. Arent Romeu/ Mikel similar players. Agreed Fellainiis probably better in the air but his passing ability is hardly anything to write home about. Oh well in the board i trust for now.
addictedtoblue
Seems we are forming the "New" belgium national team.....hazard,KDB,Lukaku,courtois,.....fellaini and possibly dembele...who's next?......
Krested Kal-el
I have to say, that this spending splurge seems to be getting a little out of hand. We seem to be linked with almost every Belgian which is fine, but we already have the best of them. Only Mertens (if we can forgive him for his push on Cahill) meets the standard that we should be aspiring to. I'd rather have Tiote simply because of his mobility as it seems that next season our team, in any formation, would be based on mobility and speed of thought. Fellaini, whilst good, could not cover our backs while our superb midfield and front lines go marauding towards the opposition goal. Now here is a moot point, that I had very little time for the negative play of Mikel but his improvement over the latter parts of last season was very apparent. Why not give him a chance alonside Frank, Ramires and possibly Modric. We also have Romeu, Josh, Hutchinson, Bertrand, Piazon, Feruz and other up and coming youngsters to integrate. If we carry on buying a new team when will they get their chance. I fear for their futures at CFC. Also I thought that there was a need to meet the FFP regulations and we seem determined all the cash received from our Champions League success without putting anything asise for a "rainy day". I say that because we are suppposed to be self financing and no longer dependent on Roman. There is also need to ensure that there is a fair share of home grown talent in the squad. If the buying goes unabated, the youngsters will fall further behind. In my opinion, we do not need Hulk or Fellaini but a right back (even though I still believe that Hutchinson could easily cover this position). I also think that a Goetze/Modric/Kagawa type player as the link between the defence and forwar lines is required especially as I do not think that Frank could meet the rigours of a full season and in the longer term he will need to be replaced. In any case I cannot wait for the next season to start and the real football to begin.
KeepingTBFFH
I have been calling for fellaini for a long time, he fits de team perfectly. All we need is send Romeu to everton on loan for 2 seasons while buying fellaini. I rate him as high as yaya toure, technically strong, fast, also versatile. This wud also give Romeu more playin time under less pressure to adapt fully in de BPL.
caspar_blue
I remain to be convinced by him but from what Everton fans have said on here, he'd be a great signing, a snip at 20m!
SpanishBlue
We already have Ramires who is a world class box to box midfielder. We dont need Fellaini.
traykidd
better than mikel so would take him. would they swap? lol
dtr1977
Fellaini, Dembele, etc. the list is endless. Meethinks we should go for modric for 30m ( Man U is offering only 22m) and leave the hard dirty jobs to mikel and romeu.
Dwonder
With us always passing it back and Cech blasting it in the air and with Drogba gone at least we have a long ball target ;)
blue#8
Why do we seem to be so keen on belgians ffs
Trouty_killer
Kim Clijsters definitely on the list now !!
ksitiz
Seriously whats with all these Belgian nationals being targetted by Chelsea, are we having an agreement with their national team. LOL.
shaf86
@aslaram i 100% agree that is my dream team as well tbh. Fellaini is a top quality player and im a massive fan of his. In a 4-2-3-1 he would be great sitting with ramires while the others get on with the job. Also he is a good passer of the ball and really is an all round midfielder. Im also a fan of javi martinez and him and fellaini sitting would be UNREAL!! Cech,VDW,Terry,Luiz,Cole, Fellaini , Martinez, Hulk Hazard, Mata, Torres. With a bench of Marin,Lamps, Iva,Piazon,Ramires,Mikel,sturridge,miereles,oriol what a squad that is. 7 competition next season were gonna need this kinda of big strong squad
CFCTID11
He's a very good player and is very physical and imposing with a good touch. What is badly needed is a new right back.Ivanovic is a whole hearted player that gives his all but too many times he gets caught ball watching.A few examples of this are 1.Ineseta's goal at the Nou Camp to put Barca two up.He was marking Inesta but got drawn to the ball and left him with a free run to score. 2.Inter at the Bridge,game in the balance,ball watching and lets Etoo through,game over.3.Worst of all at The Bridge against Arsenal gave away three goals.I know the fans like him but i think it clouds their judgement towards his overall quality .If you were a left winger you would love to be attacking Brana,because he is slow and can't turn quickly.
THEBREEZE
CFC will never buy Felliani cos we don't need him he's just an average player not better than what we have, what CFC is looking for is what we don't av, what will add quality to the team, check out the signings so far all what we don't av last season. So the Felliani thing is just media gossip.
sojofjand
fellani nooooo plsssssss we dnt need him.....we have mikel romeu ramieres for his position.....we dnt want too many similar type defendeng players in our team.....i think romeu is better than give him a chance for one full season he wil out class everyone.....about fellani there is nothing special about wud be a waste of money....
shlok27
If we to buy every player that is linked with chelsea then by d end of d transfer window we will ve a squad of 50 players. there re some rummors that we shouldnt bother discussing. fellaini when we still ve essien, mikel, romeu, ramires.... except maybe we planning on moving anyone of d above but then fellaini is so much an improvement to any one of them.
Chelz Akamz
In response to "Why do we need him when we have Ramires?" 1 - Essien needs replacing. 2 - We lack an imposing player in the middle. 3 - His strength and discipline to tactictical instructions gives the dynamic Ramires more freedom. 4 - He can operate at both defensive and attacking. You can not have a team without a brute in the middle. Makalele, Keane, Viera, Toure, Batty - Notice something? All league winners have high energy box to box players. No good having 5 midfielders and a striker who are small and can't defend. This is the new Chelsea emerging, but let's not become another Arsenal and lose the sum of the parts that made us great. Football requires beauty and the beast, just ask Barca and Bayern!! Balance is key.
aslaram
point of correction when arsenal scored 5 it was bosingwa who was always out of postition for some of them i cant remember ivanovic in that match
Don capon
Don't need him. Romeu, Mikel, Lampard, Miereles, Essien and even Ramires can all play that position. Not to mention McEcharan.
jib9336
Need someone faster in the middle, Ramires will do the box-to-box the role, but someone has to do the 'fast paced' passing in the middle, Mikel is poor in this. He passes mostly sideways, though the last few months he was excellent. Still think we need replacement in the middle, Fellaini, Javi Martinez, Modric, someone who will play with Ramires.
the_blue_world
Only suitable players remaining in the middle is, Mikel, Romeu, Ramires. Essein has lost his pace hence his Place, these he looks too scared to put in a challenge, I believe he will be sold if a good offer comes. Lamps can play in the middle though, but need to see the impact of this current injury, it's the same one that kept him away for quite a few months earlier. And people like- jib933 or whatever who thinks young Josh can play in the middle is pure deluded, the kid doesn't have any defensive skills, there are so many players in PL with the likes of De Jong, Tiote, Scholes who will eat him up like fish n chips.
the_blue_world
No pls , Don't need him
Smartoo
If you are going to get someone from his position, you might as well go for someone better like M'Vila or Martinez (a chelsea fan). They couldn't cost that much more than 20m.
AMLang
martinez himself he follows chelsea because of fernando torres. so why not get the benefit of this situation and get him? i heard man city were planning to buy him any how. but if we get martinez then we can have another one over machester. and its clear that if there are two bids. one from the WHOLE manchester and one from us, then he is goint to choose us because of the spanish contingent here. and national team mates like to play at same club.
ChampionBlue
Nothing against Belgians, but what gives? Is that the only land where scouting is allowed? Or it must that every scout is offered free beer. If this is true, isn't it ridiculously funny that we are concentrating on so many player from the same region? Surely there are many good ones every where you would care to look.
luv_FB
Dont need him... Mikel is massively underated.... If we was to sign anyone for that position then i'd rather have Tiote
Mr Tommy Chelsea
We need to be selling CMs before we consider buying another one. While I do rate Fellaini, we already have an excess of similar players. Others have said this and they're absolutely right.
RadioactiveD
I'm not taking any "Chelsea interested" news seriously...first Dembele, now this??
@Mq
oh yeah add Tiote while you @ it...it''s getting boring
@Mq
he's a player who's linked with a club every season but doesn't move anywhere, a good player but not a good enough player
ktm_blues
@ the_blue_world one of the greatest defensive midfielders the EPL has seen our very own Claude Makalele is smaller than Josh & no one bullied him. The youth need encouragement & confidence not the negative comments given by people who are supposed to be fans.
traykidd
Soon we will be called Belgium FC, the team could not qualify for Euro '12
BlueBoyChelsea
We should go after his country-mate Witsel instead, the boy is too good and has all the ingredients to be one of the best creative play-makers. why not concentrate on nurturing our own Josh Mc, I think it's a blessing to have him.
EliteBlue
Hell no!!! We dont need fellaini,a good player who is versatile but i dont think he is better than mikel in the DM role..Besides we have romeu and a chalobah coming through
Desmondadonis
i cannot believe people here think mikel is better than fellani i'm not even going to gt into this 1.
trueblue4.0
Fellaini? Get the other two midfielders, Barkley and the other Rodwell. Forget Fellaini.
foreign_viewer
Please. God. No. I'm upset that this is even a rumour. We do not need him, especially not for 20m.
MHLower
@the _blue_world.... fish n chips.... lol
Chelz Akamz
Trueblue4.0,u are entitled to ur opinion,but my take is if mikel was playing for barca,porto or benfica, u will be part of the fans that would be clamouring for his signature at 25m....Pls watch the final in munich and F.A CUP final performances ..Then u can come back for a debate
Desmondadonis
id rather go for m'villa or martinez!
Ess...DaBison
I would go for witsel!! Great player! Young dynamic midfielder! And also belgian! What do we want more!?!? Oh and yes he would be the same haidcut as luiz and fellaini!
austriablue
aslaram I am with you. Fellaini is the man to get. Much better than what we have. Mikel is a good defender but he can't pass and is not creative. Romeu is WAY overrated, was SLOW after his injury and got beat many times. He needs to go on loan to see what kind of player he is. Fallaini is the total package, big dude that destroys the opposition. He can play either Lamps or Mikels position, gets into the attack and can't be marked by most defenders. Rammy is a tweener...Not good enough defender to be the holding mid, not good enough passer or attacker to play Lamps position. Rammy needs to back up Hulk on the right wing. McEachren needs to back up Lamps with Chalabah backing up Mikel/Fellaini. Sell Essien.
lamarochs
Well Don Capon you don't remember Ivanovic against Arsenal because he was sat on his ass when it mattered.
THEBREEZE
So it looks like marc wilmots will be our new manager! He has got a contract at belgium national team! Where is the difference between cfc and belgium:-))
austriablue
Don't particularly rate him, don't particularly want him, certainly don't need him. People may have their own opinions about Fellaini but he's done very little for me to suggest he's good enough to play for us.
hazzabee
what happens to romeu
o'brain
Don't need him.
DeathByimpalement
We dont need FELLAINI,and whoever thinks ROMEU is overrated bcos he got injured and lost confidence when the coach that bought him was fired is highly deluded.
Desmondadonis
JAVI MARTINEZ or YANN M'VILLA
Ess...DaBison
Desmondadonis, I understand your concern about Romeu. My point is that after his injury he was not the same player. He looked real slow and out of shape. The reason I like Fellaini is that he is BIG and skillful. He just runs over people and there are few like him. Furthermore, he has skill. He has multiple skills to play multiple positions well. Romeu is like Mikel, a one position player. Its not that I don't like Romeu if he gets in shape, its just that Fallaini can play multiple position very well, is better and an upgrade. He is just a man amoungst children in the midfield and can dominate the mid-field with his physical play. I'll take big and skillful any day. Chels needs to get bigger with all of the new smurfs on the team...ha....
lamarochs
Everybody just wanna keep buying
Nightingalle
I like him but i think we need someone with more creativity and speed of play. Martinez should be our priority as he is very sound defensively, creative, fast and skillful. If city gets him and pair him with Toure in their Double pivot they will form a wicked combo and it will be hard to penetrate them. We should get him and pair him with Ramirez/Mikel depending on the game
SameX
Martinez will be a better option than M'villa cos Mvilla is primarilly a DM but Martinez can play as a DM,CM,CAM even @CB and he is more skillful,mobile,creative and tactically brilliant compared to Mvilla
SameX
Romeu will come good, he will be one of the top DM's in the world, he has the potential but his injuries affected him somehow
SameX
Why don't we buy the whole Belgium national team? I personally would buy Marek Hamsik from Napoli of Martinez. Although I'd pip for Hamsik as he's much more versatile.
Splint1976
Desmondadonis i have nothing against mikel i just think the game has evolved now to the point where it's not enough as a defensive midfielder to to just defend and mikel for me just does not offer anything going forward while fellaini does,when essien was at the top of his game he dominated the midfield drove forward and scored goals we need to return to this, but the problem then occurs what happens to romeu.
trueblue4.0
Javi Martinez is partially Chelsea fan because he is Fernando Torres fan. We should buy him.
CFCblue.est
Recommend to read : http://www.weaintgotnohistory.com/2012/6/7/3069544/personnel-preferences-for-the-new-season-beyond-part-iii#storyjump
CFCblue.est
Can we really get martinez? Are we tabling a bid for him? If we are to get martinez then we have sell meireles,essien,mikel ..We'l then have josh,romeu,rammy,lamps and martinez vying for the two positions and i dont think chelsea will sell mikel yet
Desmondadonis
The Sun claims that modric is going to united! for 25mio!!!! Hope it is not true...when he is really available to this price i think we should go for him!
austriablue
I hope manutd get him,they need him than we do....Him and kagawa in their midfield would be a real thing,they can match us and man city now which will make the premier league stronger!!
Desmondadonis
@Desmondadonis ?????? What????
austriablue
Desmondadonis-- Always knew you are a deluded and moronic Fan(!!), just proved it by your last post, feck off from here and go support Utd, a$$hole.
the_blue_world
@traykidd-- You remember r the age when Maka came to Chelsea, don't you?? He was small in size but yet he was tough, really tough. Can you say the same about Josh?? See, encouraging the talent is fine, but then Over-hyping the player is not, Josh needs time and also needs to bulk up before he can play in the position perfectly.
the_blue_world
We will confuse our priorities. We need to sell before we buy, though
Kendemsblue
We can become a belgium national team.
Kendemsblue
 

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