Marouane Fellaini Is Not The Answer To Chelsea's Midfield Problems

Don’t be surprised if you’re feeling a sense of deja vu, this isn’t the first article I’ve written on these lines. If you haven’t read my previous article on Fellaini, you can read it here.

There has been a lot of speculation in the media recently that Fellaini could be on his way out of Goodison Park, with Chelsea firm favourites to land the Belgian in January. The fact that rumours linking both Oriol Romeu and Frank Lampard away from the club have surfaced means that many fans feel that signing Marouane Fellaini is now a necessity. Throw in the fact that Chelsea’s midfield hasn’t exactly been performing up to their full potential. But is Fellaini really the solution to Chelsea’s midfield problems?

Fellaini can be described as a versatile box-to-box midfielder who has the ability to score goals when needed. He can play as a defensive midfielder or in a more advanced position. Seems decent enough, right? But these are just the good points.

People have pointed to Fellaini’s vast improvement this season and cited it as a reason he would fit in well at Chelsea. What lots of people have failed to notice is that the reason Fellaini’s performances have improved so much this season is because David Moyes has deployed him as an attacking midfieler and not in the middle of the park. That’s not only because of his ability to influence the game better from a more advanced position but also because of his inability to influence the game well enough from a deeper position. When he plays in a deeper position he is ineffective. This is due to the fact that he has a limited passing range and a tendancy to get caught in the wrong positions which leads to him making rash challenges. That’s the last thing we need from someone who has to play in Chelsea’s double pivot.

Another suggestion I’ve heard is that because of his ability to play as a defensive midfielder, Chelsea can play him in the pivot alongside Ramires. This will increase our attacking prowess as Fellaini is an attack-minded defensive midfielder and will be able to join in on the attack more often than Mikel does. This argument reeks of a lack of tactical understanding. First of all, there’s no such thing as an “attack-minded defensive midfielder”, such players are referred to as box-to-box midfielders (and their job is VERY different from that of a defensive midfielder). Secondly, a double pivot of Ramires and Fellaini will leave us horribly exposed at the back as the defensive shield that someone like Mikel provides will not be there due to Ramires’ and Fellaini’s tendancy to bombard forward at every opportunity.

Thirdly, if we are indeed to spend £30M on a CM, it would be wiser if the club spent it on someone who could be a creative influence from the middle of the park. We have plenty of creativity in the form of Mata, Hazard and Oscar in the attacking third, but it would be nice to have someone who can be a creative spark from the middle of the park. Fellaini isn’t the type who can cut open defences with his passing, so why spend so much money for someone whose style of play will not be suited to Chelsea?

Hopefully my argument is sound enough to convince you guys that Marouane Fellaini, good as he may be, is the last player Chelsea need.

Shayne Dias

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36 Comments
  1. adamtai says

    You are wrong, wrong and wrong. I read that we have to wait josh. These young boys like oriol or josh are wasting our time. Fellani is the best to replace lampard. Oscar can play alongside with ramires and fellani can play attacking midfieler. With mikel is going to african cup in january and oriol and lampard may go in january, fellani is the best replacement right now.

  2. adamtai says

    You are wrong, wrong and wrong. I read that we have to wait josh. These young boys like oriol or josh are wasting our time. Fellani is the best to replace lampard. Oscar can play alongside with ramires and fellani can play attacking midfieler. With mikel is going to african cup in january and oriol and lampard may go in january, fellani is the best replacement right now.

  3. jerry udie says

    We don't falleni even now & in the future but I think willian will be a perfect replacement.

  4. jerry udie says

    We don't falleni even now & in the future but I think willian will be a perfect replacement.

  5. Zane says

    Bro. Do you know what the job of a double pivot is and what kind of players are required for it?

  6. Zane says

    Bro. Do you know what the job of a double pivot is and what kind of players are required for it?

  7. bobchyke says

    Out of context Jerry, william isn't a DM.

  8. bobchyke says

    Out of context Jerry, william isn't a DM.

  9. papie says

    adamtai, you clearly have zero understanding ofthe chelsea double pivot system and how mikel has become a boss at it. the reason why lamps is chowing so much bench is because of the effectiveness of ramires and mikel in this role. the only other players we have who can play here are de bruyn and josh, both of whom are on loan at the moment. this belgian from everton would leave us exposed

  10. papie says

    adamtai, you clearly have zero understanding ofthe chelsea double pivot system and how mikel has become a boss at it. the reason why lamps is chowing so much bench is because of the effectiveness of ramires and mikel in this role. the only other players we have who can play here are de bruyn and josh, both of whom are on loan at the moment. this belgian from everton would leave us exposed

  11. Anonymous says

    we need fellaini i dnt expect any chelsea fan to be telling me dat we dnt need him gush……………………..

  12. Anonymous says

    we need fellaini i dnt expect any chelsea fan to be telling me dat we dnt need him gush……………………..

  13. Anonymous says

    we need fellaini i dnt expect any chelsea fan to be telling me dat we dnt need him gush……………………..

  14. Anonymous says

    we need fellaini i dnt expect any chelsea fan to be telling me dat we dnt need him gush……………………..

  15. Anonymous says

    we need fellaini i dnt expect any chelsea fan to be telling me dat we dnt need him gush……………………..

  16. Anonymous says

    we need fellaini i dnt expect any chelsea fan to be telling me dat we dnt need him gush……………………..

  17. Anonymous says

    Fellani would b a gud buy for around 20millionpound. Ktbffh

  18. Anonymous says

    Fellani would b a gud buy for around 20millionpound. Ktbffh

  19. I respect your right to voice your opinion, but let me tell you this: you have no idea as to how the double pivot works. I'll be writing a little something on the working of the double pivot soon, keep your eyes peeled.

  20. I respect your right to voice your opinion, but let me tell you this: you have no idea as to how the double pivot works. I'll be writing a little something on the working of the double pivot soon, keep your eyes peeled.

  21. Zane says

    Imagine a double pivot with Fellaini in it. It's definitely not fixing the problem. Please write an article about. Will be much appreciated,can't wait.

  22. Zane says

    Imagine a double pivot with Fellaini in it. It's definitely not fixing the problem. Please write an article about. Will be much appreciated,can't wait.

  23. Jimmy Savile says

    Agreed with the post, the major fault was let Meireles and Essien go. one of them should've stayed.

  24. Jimmy Savile says

    Agreed with the post, the major fault was let Meireles and Essien go. one of them should've stayed.

  25. Zane says

    Bro do you see how good Essien is doing at Real Madrid?

  26. Zane says

    Bro do you see how good Essien is doing at Real Madrid?

  27. adamtai says

    4-2-31 fool.
    Cech
    Iva, Terry, Cahill, Cole
    Fellaini, Ramires
    Hazard, Oscar, Mata
    Falcoa.

    BOOM. title after title.

  28. adamtai says

    4-2-31 fool.
    Cech
    Iva, Terry, Cahill, Cole
    Fellaini, Ramires
    Hazard, Oscar, Mata
    Falcoa.

    BOOM. title after title.

  29. adamtai says

    4-2-31 fool.
    Cech
    Iva, Terry, Cahill, Cole
    Fellaini, Ramires
    Hazard, Oscar, Mata
    Falcoa.

    BOOM. title after title.

  30. adamtai says

    4-2-31 fool.
    Cech
    Iva, Terry, Cahill, Cole
    Fellaini, Ramires
    Hazard, Oscar, Mata
    Falcoa.

    BOOM. title after title.

  31. Zane says

    Okay I'm a fool,I'll take that. Reports suggest Fellaini will cost us around the 25-30 million mark. To me that's a waste of money on the same kind of player we already have. He's a box to box player,much like Ramires. The only advantage he has is his height. He doesn't have a pin point accurate long pass. It's all about understanding the double pivot. Mikel is there as the defensive minded midfielder so that's sorted. The other position in the pivot is the problem,Mikel's partner. This type of player needs to be extremely agile,great vision,brilliant passing technique with exellent range and most importantly he should be disciplined to stick to his duty. Fellaini only has the strength attribute that Mikel already has and arial ability which isn't needed in the middle of the park. With our current pairing,we are alreay slow to get the ball quickly forward as possible. BOOM! WASTE OF MONEY! If we should spend that much on a midfielder,we should go for Schweinsteiger who will make in instant impact in the pivot.

  32. Zane says

    Okay I'm a fool,I'll take that. Reports suggest Fellaini will cost us around the 25-30 million mark. To me that's a waste of money on the same kind of player we already have. He's a box to box player,much like Ramires. The only advantage he has is his height. He doesn't have a pin point accurate long pass. It's all about understanding the double pivot. Mikel is there as the defensive minded midfielder so that's sorted. The other position in the pivot is the problem,Mikel's partner. This type of player needs to be extremely agile,great vision,brilliant passing technique with exellent range and most importantly he should be disciplined to stick to his duty. Fellaini only has the strength attribute that Mikel already has and arial ability which isn't needed in the middle of the park. With our current pairing,we are alreay slow to get the ball quickly forward as possible. BOOM! WASTE OF MONEY! If we should spend that much on a midfielder,we should go for Schweinsteiger who will make in instant impact in the pivot.

  33. Muhammed Afsel says

    Fellaini is a good player…but i dont think he is worth 30million.we have mikel,rami,oscar and romeu as our central midfielers…just bring back machearan,de bryune,essien and bruma…so our defence and mid will be well covered…buy falcao and sell sturidge in january…if we sell sturidge,buy walcott…he will be a good squad player for us…send lukaku on loan for another season…

  34. Muhammed Afsel says

    Fellaini is a good player…but i dont think he is worth 30million.we have mikel,rami,oscar and romeu as our central midfielers…just bring back machearan,de bryune,essien and bruma…so our defence and mid will be well covered…buy falcao and sell sturidge in january…if we sell sturidge,buy walcott…he will be a good squad player for us…send lukaku on loan for another season…

  35. Anonymous says

    Thats a good analysis we dont need fellaini we need a regista some like what Sahin used to do whilst @ signal iduna.

  36. Anonymous says

    Thats a good analysis we dont need fellaini we need a regista some like what Sahin used to do whilst @ signal iduna.

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