David Moyes finally completed his first senior signing as Manchester United manager with the capture of Marouane Fellaini and the midfielder’s ability to fill multiple roles gives his former Everton boss plenty of options.
Fellaini is the epitome of a ‘box-to-box’ midfielder having played in a deep-lying role ahead of the defence, as an attacking midfielder and as a second striker during his time at Goodison Park.
This positional jumble goes some way to explain the player’s erratic scoring stats.
The £27.5m man scored eight goals in 30 league appearances in his first year on Merseyside – 2008/09 – and 11 in 31 last season.
Finding the back of the net proved more difficult in the time in between, with only six league goals garnered between September 2009 and May 2012 from 77 games.
Were Fellaini to drop back into a deep midfield position the perceived wisdom is that Tom Cleverley, who wasn’t at his best in United’s 1-0 loss to Liverpool last time out, would be the man to make way.
However, given Moyes’ decision to push Fellaini forward during their last season together at Everton it could be Shinji Kagawa that loses out.
Japan international Kagawa has seen just seven minutes of action for the Red Devils so far this term and while Moyes insists that the midfielder has been given an extended rest after his Confederations Cup exertions, two months is a long time to be kicking your heels in the stands.
The former Borussia Dortmund star did not even make the bench at Anfield, when a United side shorn of Wayne Rooney were a little short of options behind Robin van Persie.
Kagawa looks likely to be the fall guy now that Fellaini is in and the 3/4 offered on the new man scoring over 7.5 goals in the league this season looks a cracking bet given his form in an advanced position last season and the aerial ability he possesses.