Marouane Fellaini enjoyed a fantastic 2012/13 campaign, with 11 league goals making him Everton’s top scorer and convincing the Old Trafford money men to sanction his £27.5m switch to Manchester United.
Despite this, odds of 3/4 about the Belgian international finding the back of the net over 7.5 times in the league in his first season at the champions cannot be backed with any confidence and the higher price of evens on the unders is the way to go.
The problem with backing Fellaini to replicate last season’s goal-busting form is that we have no idea where David Moyes is going to play his former Blues general.
Rumours surrounding the future of forward player Shinji Kagawa were circulating all the way to the last day of the transfer window, suggesting Fellaini will be deployed in the Japan international’s preferred position behind the striker, at least until Wayne Rooney is back from injury.
However, Utd have been crying out for a combative midfielder with a bit of guile since Roy Keane left in a huff eight years ago.
With Tom Cleverley out of form, Moyes may be tempted to replace the England man with his summer signing.
This would see Fellaini return to the role he filled at Everton for the majority of his five-season Goodison Park tenure.
As well as breaking double figures last season the midfielder scored eight times during his first season on Merseyside after joining from Standard Liege in 2008, but only managed six league goals in 77 appearances in the three campaigns between.
Moyes is thought to be ready to go back in for Athletic Bilbao’s Ander Herrera in January after missing out on the attacking midfielder on summer deadline day and with Rooney due back before the end of September, Fellaini may have to settle for a deeper role away from the goalmouth action at United.