Fellaini has more than brute force, Moyes says

PUBLISHED : Monday, 12 November, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 12 November, 2012, 6:25am


Everton manager David Moyes says it would be wrong to suggest that Marouane Fellaini's impressive Premier League performances are solely down to his power.

The Belgium international, 24, has been outstanding this season and scored one goal and created the other in the 2-1 victory over Sunderland on Saturday, taking his tally of league goals for the season to six.

After seeing his Manchester United side beaten 1-0 at Goodison Park in the opening round of league fixtures, Alex Ferguson said Fellaini was "a big, tall, gangly lad who Everton just lumped the ball to".

But as well as showing great technique to drive in from the edge of the area at Goodison Park, Fellaini laid on Nikica Jelavic's equaliser with a clever back heel. And Moyes thinks Fellaini has shown that there is much more to his game than brute force alone.

"It might look it, but I don't think he's got brutality," said Moyes. "He's got great chest control, soft feet, and when we needed him to drop back in with 15 minutes to go, he can play deeper as well.

"He's a really important player for us and he's proving that this season.

"I don't know if he got a bit lucky with it going through John O'Shea's legs [for Everton's second goal], but Jelavic needed one put on a plate for him at the moment.

"He finished it well, but it was as close to being put on a plate as possible from Fellaini's flick."

But Moyes' satisfaction was dimmed by the fact that Belgium winger Kevin Mirallas limped off in the first half with a hamstring injury.

Mirallas, 25, has settled into the Premier League quickly since signing from Olympiacos in the summer and although it is unknown how long he will be sidelined, the midfielder's absence will be a blow to Moyes.

He added: "Mirallas was a loss because he looked the most liable to score, trying to get shots, and one who looked like he could create an opportunity as well. It looks as if he's got a bit of a hamstring [injury]."