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Marouane Fellaini is an absolute b****** but he should be celebrated

He's unfashionable but as effective as any other player at what he brings to the modern game

What do Ronseal and Marouane Fellaini have in common?

They do exactly what they say on the tin.

Fellaini is hard to love, all elbows and brute force rather than skill and guile.


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The big weirdo

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The big weirdo

But is it time to start appreciating him for what he is; a truly effective asset for both club and country?

He’s unfashionable, of course, but Fellaini might be the best at what he does in modern football.

Belgium were staring down the barrel of an embarrassing World Cup exit at the hands of Japan last night when Roberto Martinez turned to Fellaini and Nacer Chadli on his substitutes bench.

‘Go on and just be your usual, annoying self’

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‘Go on and just be your usual, annoying self’

Hardly inspiring on paper, but both proved to be priceless match winners in one of the great World Cup comebacks.

In that scenario against that opposition, Fellaini is probably the perfect impact sub.

There was a sense of inevitability about the way he towered above the Japanese defence to head home Belgium’s equaliser.

Instant impact

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Instant impact

He instantly struck fear into the opposition, with just his presence on the field pinning them deeper and deeper and encouraging more crosses.

As a Liverpool fan let me tell you that I genuinely despise Fellaini and would throw up uncontrollably all over myself if we signed the Belgian brute.

But he’s a niche, Jose Mourinho’s wet dream and, whether you like it or not, incredibly effective at what he does.

Annoyingly effective

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Annoyingly effective

The Man United man – who has just agreed a two-year extension to the dismay of some fans – is a weapon in more ways than one.

So in this day and age of sexy football, as hard as it is for me to admit, Fellaini deserves celebrating for just being a bit different.

Kudos, Marouane.