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Fellaini looked really out of it against Liverpool and the commentators mentioned it 3 times how he had no idea where to run. Maybe not all his fault but it shows he's got a lot to learn still.

For a guy his size it's quite surprising how many headers he loses. Last week he was to blame for a goal Everton got against. He definitely needs to toughen up a bit more.

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Fellaini looked really out of it against Liverpool and the commentators mentioned it 3 times how he had no idea where to run. Maybe not all his fault but it shows he's got a lot to learn still.

For a guy his size it's quite surprising how many headers he loses. Last week he was to blame for a goal Everton got against. He definitely needs to toughen up a bit more.
On the other hand he was called "the new Ballack" on the radio apparently??

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Fellaini scored, did he also play well?

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Haven't seen the game. I was watching Heerenveen - Ajax at that moment

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Marouane Fellaini just equalised for Everton vs Manchester United. He headed the ball into the nets in his own typical style

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And another one for Fellaini

Last minute header against Bolton with Everton winning 0-1.

3 goals in his 4 last matches now, starting to pay back his transfer fee.

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MOYES HAILS FELLAINI IMPACT
Everton boss David Moyes believes he has uncovered a “star of the future” in Marouane Fellaini after the Belgium international scored a last-minute winner against Bolton on Wednesday evening.



Moyes brought the 20-year-old to Goodison Park from Standard Liege in the summer for a fee that could rise to as much as £15 million, and after Fellaini’s goal against Manchester United salvaged a point at the weekend he found the target in the dying seconds against The Trotters to take three more valuable points for The Toffees.

That kind of form has prompted Moyes to vindicate his own decision to bring in Fellaini, who was touted as a panic buy by many observers upon his arrival on Merseyside.

"I think we've signed an up-and-coming star of the future. If you ask anybody in Belgium, they will tell you exactly what they think of Marouane,” said Moyes.


"He's doing well in a lot of ways, carrying us along with his goals when we should be helping him along, so we need to give him a lot of credit just now.

"Hopefully the centre-forwards, and Tim Cahill, can now get their fair share of goals as well."

He added: "I didn't see the goal coming because it was a game littered with mistakes.

"I even thought when Fellaini headed it that it was going to bounce out. But he's done it again."

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SHARP: DOUBTERS WRONG ON FELLAINI
Everton legend Graeme Sharp believes Marouane Fellaini's goalscoring exploits have eased fears he would prove a £15million flop.


The Toffees paid Standard Liege a club-record fee for the towering Belgian, 20, just minutes before the transfer window closed in September.

His outstanding performances against Liverpool in the Champions League qualifiers hinted at his rich potential but he struggled to acclimatise to the demands of English football in the opening weeks of his Everton career.

That has changed in the last four games as he has scored three times, and followed his point-saving equaliser against Manchester United with a last-gasp goal in the 1-0 victory over Bolton at the Reebok Stadium to give the Toffees their first win in nine games.

Sharp said: "Marouane came in for a lot of money and, after his early performances for Everton, I think people thought the club had paid too much for him.

"But in the last few games he's done well, scored three goals and is looking better all the time.

"He gives us something in the opposition box and defensively he's good as well.

"He's clearly getting up to the pace of the game and has come on tremendously in the past month."



Sharp freely admits he questioned whether the 6ft 4in midfielder could make the grade in the Barclays Premier League, while the language barrier was also a concern.

The 48-year-old Scot added: "There were a lot of doubters when he first came here - myself included.

"But, fair play to the lad, he seems to have settled down a lot more.

"He's learning English and hopefully when he gets to know his team-mates better then he'll go on and achieve big things.

"He always causes a problem. I think he found the Premier League a bit too quick when he first got here from Belgium but he's adapting and he's been a big player for us.

"I thought he was excellent again at Bolton and I'm sure there is more to come."

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CHELSEA WANTED FELLAINI
Chelsea were scouting Marouane Fellaini before he left Standard Liege for Everton, Piet de Visser has revealed.



The 74-year-old Stamford Bridge adviser is a close confidant of Blues owner Roman Abramovich and has been paying particularly close attention to Standard, who ran Liverpool close before dumping Everton out of the Uefa Cup.

Fellaini came to the attention of the Dutchman before making his deadline night move to Everton for a club record fee and establishing himself already as a goalscoring midfielder in The Premier League.

De Visser has continued watching Standard closely and admits several of Fellaini's former team-mates remain on his radar.

"I'm not here for one or two players in particular, but just to get everyone in the system," he told HNB.

"We are going to look everywhere in Europe.

"Standard are a team we are closely monitoring. Fellaini was also high on our list when he left for Everton.

"Standard are currently doing very well. They have a handful of interesting guys such as [Axel] Witsel, [Steven] Defour and [Milan] Jovanovic.

"But again that does not mean that we need them right away. You have to follow them. Now it's only a matter of scanning and mapping."

Witsel and Defour have already been linked with other Premier League clubs as Standard impress in the Uefa Cup.

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FELLAINI ENJOYING SWEET LIFE IN ENGLAND
Marouane Fellaini is convinced that playing in England has added a new dimension to his game as he looks to help Belgium take a step towards the FIFA World Cup finals with two wins against Bosnia-Herzegovina.


Sumptuous afro
The 21-year-old midfielder is at the vanguard of the next generation of Belgian talent, along with Steven Defour, Axel Witsel, Eden Hazard, Moussa Dembélé and Vincent Kompany. Indeed, his form since his move last August from R. Standard de Liège to Everton FC has often proved as eye-catching as his trademark hairstyle – perhaps the most sumptuous afro in European football.

Non-stop action
"In England the standard is very high," he said. "From the first minute until the final whistle the game is played at breakneck speed. I have to do my best to reach that level in every match. In the last six months I have improved. Playing in England is an advantage when it comes to international games. The standard of international football is no higher than it is in England, whereas it is a big step up from playing in Belgium."

Double-headers
Fellaini and company are third in World Cup qualifying Group 5, a point adrift of Turkey and five behind Spain. Yet with the top two meeting twice in the coming days, Belgium's double-header against fourth-placed Bosnia-Herzegovina – in Genk on Saturday and then Zenica on 1 April – is a massive opportunity to make up ground. "If we want to qualify for the World Cup we have to win twice," said Fellaini, who has scored twice in 14 internationals. "It's going to be a battle, that's for sure."

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His new star status, however, is not making matters harder for the gangly box-to-box player, whose father kept goal for Raja Casablanca and Hassania Agadir in his native Morocco before deciding to become a bus driver in Belgium after a transfer to KV Mechelen fell through. "I feel no pressure," he said. "I don't care about the critics. I will just do all I can to bring us the six points against Bosnia-Herzegovina."

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Marouane Fellaini's Wondergame vs Wigan Athletic



EVERTON - WIGAN ATHLETIC 4-0
Fellaini head and shoulders above the rest as Everton cut loose
Marouane Fellaini's familiar bushy hair was back as he cut Wigan down to size with a fine personal display in Everton's biggest win of the season.


Gone was the braided hair-style for the Belgian midfielder as he turned in an outstanding performance, scoring one – his seventh for the club – and having a hand in the other three.

Wigan must have been relieved to see the back of him when he was taken off with 19 minutes to go, having never at any stage come to grips with Everton's lanky record signing. His determined run set up Jo for the first, he scored the second himself and then saw two further shots palmed out by a shaky Chris Kirkland, the Wigan goalkeeper, for Jo and Leon Osman to score rebounds.

It was Everton's biggest win of the season and further cemented them in sixth place, while Wigan's European aspirations took a bad hit.

Everton got off to a bright start with Osman scooping one effort wide and then almost setting up Jo after a determined run into the box, before the Brazilian headed straight at Kirkland from a Tony Hibbert cross from the right.

For Wigan, the Egyptian Mido was left up front on his own, and he forced a good save from Tim Howard from 20 yards after a clever back heel from Paul Scharner.

The Austrian himself launched a good header from a Valencia cross. But Everton continued their pressure and Kirkland produced a brave piece of goalkeeping to stop a Leighton Baines free kick from reaching Jo and Osman.

However, after 26 minutes, Kirkland was well beaten by Jo. Emmerson Boyce looked to be holding Fellaini, but referee Phil Dowd allowed play to continue for Osman to find Jo in the box, and the Brazilian flashed his drive into the far corner.

Wigan picked up two quick bookings, Mario Melchiot for a foul on Steven Pienaar and Michael Brown for catching Tim Cahill from behind in a combustible private war between the pair that had being going on since kick-off.

Wigan sent on an extra striker in Rodallega for midfielder Brown at the break, but any thought of a concerted fightback was shattered by three more Everton goals early in the second half. The first came after 47 minutes when Hibbert crossed low from the right and Fellaini was afforded time and space to hook his shot past Kirkland.

It got worse for Wigan after 51 minutes. Osman threaded a pass into the box, Fellaini's shot was palmed out by Kirkland for Jo to sidefoot home from six yards, his fifth for the club since joining on loan from Manchester City.

And on the hour, Kirkland was at fault again when he pushed out a 20-yarder from Fellaini for Osman to convert the fourth with ease.

Four minutes later, Everton were able to give Cahill a rest, sending on teenager Jack Rodwell, fresh from his England under-21 debut, while the Everton crowd jeered former Liverpool keeper Kirkland every time he touched the ball.




OSMAN PRAISE FOR FELLAINI
Leon Osman claims Everton team-mate Marouane Fellaini is 'unplayable' when he is playing to his full potential.



The club's record signing ran riot by scoring one and playing a part in all the other goals in Everton's 4-0 demolition job of Wigan Athletic at Goodison Park on Sunday.

Osman believes the powerful Belgium international's aggressive in-your-face attitude makes him a handful for any opponent.

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"His size is there for all to see and when he gets his game right he is unplayable," stated Osman.

"He is such a big lad and with tremendous skill and very hard to stop.
"He is so powerful and if he gets in your face in possession he is virtually impossible to stop."

However, Fellaini's all-action style of play has seen him booked on no less than 11 times this term, although Osman believes he is now getting a fairer deal from referees.

"He was getting booked virtually every game and we felt a lot of that was unfair because referees were not really watching what he does," he continued.

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"He has probably redefined how he plays and referees have taken a look at the way they were handling him and he is getting much fairer treatment from them now.

"He is not getting booked as much and he is more effective for us as well.

"He has grown into this league now, just like Jo up front. They are both young and they have had to understand how this division operates.

"It is their first season in this league, a tough league, but they are now doing really well for us and scoring regularly."

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HOW FELLAINI BECAME THE MANE MAN
Marouane Fellaini could have become a long-distance runner — instead he became Everton’s Marathon Man.

From the age of five, Everton’s Belgian ace used to go running at 7am with his Moroccan dad Abdullah Tef around the streets of Brussels.


Today SunSport also reveals that the inspiration behind 21-year-old Fellaini’s famous hairstyle was dad Abdullah, who sported a similar huge mane back in the 1970s.

Abdullah said: “Aah, his hair. You know this hairstyle was very much in fashion in the 1970s. Marouane saw pictures of me from those days and he decided to do it.

“He never used to have his hair like this when he was a kid, it was always short. Many Everton supporters are now wearing wigs to match his hairstyle, it’s so funny.

“Marouane was laughing his head off when he first saw them. It shows how the fans have taken to him and it makes him proud but also inspires him to do even better for them.”

Abdullah was a goalkeeper with Tangiers before joining Belgian side Boom in the 1970s and then working as a bus driver.

The young Marouane — who will lead the Toffees’ charge against Manchester United in tomorrow’s FA Cup semi-final — always had a ball at his feet. Yet dad Abdullah thought he could follow Moroccan legends Said Aouita and Hicham El Gherrouj and become a runner.

Abdullah said: “Marouane was always full of energy. Ever since he was five I started taking him for a run at 7am every day. This continued for years. I could tell he’d make a great long-distance runner like many of our fellow Moroccans — Said Aouita and Hicham El Gherrouj.

“He was a born athlete. Marouane was always talented at football as well and I realised he could make it as a professional when he was around 13.

“He was playing for a team called Royalle Franc Borain. He was stronger, fitter, faster and better than all the other kids his age.”

Abdullah got a job as a bus driver when his playing career finished. He decided to take his family — wife Cheguer and sons Hamza, Marouane and Mansour — away from the Brussels suburb they lived in because he worried about teenage tearaways having a bad influence on his sons.

He added: “I didn’t want my boys to become delinquents.

“They were always terrific kids but you never know what might happen. So we moved away.”

Abdullah was a strict but fair dad who tried to keep his kids’ feet firmly on the ground.

He said: “Marouane was always very good at school — but to be honest he didn’t have a choice. He knew if he didn’t do his lessons then there would be no football.

“I wanted my kids to have a proper upbringing and always be down to earth.

“When he became a full international with Belgium he was not even 20, I was so proud. I’ve always been very proud of all my sons.”

Marouane was spotted by Real Madrid and Manchester United in youth tournaments when he was still a young kid but Abdullah did not want to leave Belgium.

Last summer after breaking into the Belgium national side as the rising star of Standard Liege, it was Tottenham, Manchester City and Everton who came calling.

David Moyes won the three-way tussle as exclusively revealed by The Sun on September 1 — the £15 million deal to the Toffees ran so late it was not announced until the following morning.

Abdullah added: “We had heard of the interest of Real Madrid and United but I didn’t want my son to leave the country so young.

“Last summer Tottenham were very interested and Manchester City too. In the end, though, he went to Everton. I have spoken to David Moyes, who’s a charming man.

“They are, of course, very pleased with him and that makes me so proud, how quickly he has adapted.”

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FELLAINI: "I HAVE LEARNED"
Everton's record signing Marouane Fellaini says he has become a better player after learning to adapt his game to the Premier League.

The £15million summer signing from Standard found it difficult to stay out of trouble at first and kept on being booked.


But following a meeting with manager David Moyes, referees' chief Keith Hackett and PFA representative Mick Maguire, Fellaini has adjusted his game and has now received just had one yellow card in his last 11 games.

He told the Sunday Mirror: "I have had 13 yellow cards this season and a few months ago it was becoming a big problem because I was being booked in pretty much every game.

"I was very concerned about it and so was David Moyes and in the end he arranged a meeting with people who could tell me exactly what the problem was.

"To be honest, I feel that in some instances I should not have been booked - maybe five of the yellow cards were not deserved and I still can not understand why it happened so many times.

"The manager was very calm about it and he said that I also had to be calm out on the pitch.

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"We went over a video of all my bookings and I listened to what was being said to me."

He added: "My situation has improved a lot since then. I have only been booked once in my last 11 games, which is not so bad, because I now have a better understanding of what can get you into trouble.

"I learned the hard way that if you commit a foul when your team is in danger of being caught on the break then in England it is a booking.


"Did the meeting make me a more dangerous player? No, I am no longer a dangerous player, but I am a better player."

Fellaini is now relishing the prospect of doing battle with Chelsea hitman Didier Drogba in the FA Cup final on 30th May.

While the Ivorian has been criticised for his reaction to the UEFA Champions League semi-final defeat to Barcelona, Fellaini could understand it.

WARRIOR
He added: "Drogba is a warrior and that is something I admire in players.

"I saw his reaction when Chelsea lost to Barcelona and in some ways I understood it.

"I know it was not a good example to set to kids, but something went inside his head and I have been in those situations.

"He just lost it because over the two legs Chelsea deserved to go through to the final.

"Sometimes I can lose it a bit. I try to keep calm, to keep a lid on my emotions, but people should understand it can be hard for footballers sometimes because it is a passionate game.

"Chelsea are a great team with great players but Drogba is their dangerman."

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HOW FELLAINI BECAME EVERTON'S MANE MAN
Whatever happens at Wembley on Saturday, it is safe to say that Marouane Fellaini has already done more than enough to get himself noticed in his first season in English football.

Nine goals, a burgeoning reputation as the greatest aerial threat in Europe and, of course, the largest afro in the top flight have earned the 6ft 4in Belgian international cult status among Everton fans.



The big-haired but softly-spoken midfielder will have hundreds of wig-wearing followers at Saturday's FA Cup final, all hoping to see the 21-year-old cap an eventful campaign with a trophy.

What many of them won't know is that the track was Fellaini's first love and he came close to taking up a career in athletics.

"He was very good at long-distance events and, at that age, his aim was to become a runner," Paul Schraepen, who was in charge of Anderlecht's youth academy where Fellaini played for three years from the age of eight, told BBC Sport.

"When he was 10 or 11, we were in discussions with his father about signing him but he wanted to do athletics - the 10,000m was his event."

Thanks to the guiding hand of his father, Abdellatif, football soon took over as Fellaini's sport of choice.

He became a Belgium international while still a teenager and, following his £15m move to Merseyside, is now his country's most recognisable football star.

But being so easy to spot is not always advantageous.



Fellaini has had plenty of attention from referees too - picking up 13 bookings in domestic games, more than any other Premier League player.

And while some Toffees fans adore him, others have been quick to point out that their record signing is yet to really show whether he has any ability with the ball at his feet.

When he moved to Goodison Park at the end of last season's transfer window, little was known about Fellaini apart from the fact he had just helped Standard Liege come close to knocking Liverpool out of the Champions League.

Nine months later, his lack of fluent English means he remains something of an enigma off the pitch, while on it the only things we know for sure are that he possesses supreme ability in the air and gets in a few scrapes with referees.

Ostensibly defensive-minded, Belgium's most expensive player remains unproven in the middle of the park largely because Everton's dearth of fit strikers has seen him regularly pressed into service up front or as a secondary striker.

Not many players could manage the double whammy of shining in an unfamiliar role in their first season in the Premier League but, his disciplinary problems aside, it is fair to say that Fellaini has pulled it off.



His former team-mate at Liege, Brazil-born Belgian international striker Igor de Camargo, always knew about Fellaini's versatility but admits he is shocked by the speed at which his friend adapted to the demands of the English game.

De Camargo, who along with Fellaini helped Liege win the league for the first time in 25 years in 2008, told BBC Sport: "Maro is big and quick, so he definitely always had the physical ability to play in England.

"And it is not a surprise for me that he has scored so many goals. For Liege he always played in central midfield but had the legs to get forward and score with his head. For him to play up front was never going to be a problem.

"But what he has done is even more impressive because usually every player needs time to adapt in a new country before they play well.

"You need to learn about the players that you play with, as well as those you play against, but Maro settled in so quickly."

Moyes had watched and waited for two years before finally moving for Fellaini after his impressive performances against Liverpool, which alerted a host of English clubs to his talent.

He got his man after convincing the Belgian that Merseyside was the best place for him to continue his development as a player.



But, like many Everton fans, the Scot still seems unsure of what Fellaini's best position is - he has spoken about him playing in a holding role or as an attacking midfielder in the mould of Tim Cahill.

The only thing Moyes seems convinced of is that the man from Etterbeek will improve.

That was also the view taken by Schraepen, who was in charge of Anderlecht's youth academy when Fellaini joined aged eight.

Schraepen worked with him for three years and told BBC Sport: "Marouane was not a naturally gifted player when he was younger but he was very athletic.

"He would run from the beginning of games to the end - you couldn't stop him, he was that determined."

Fellaini's father undoubtedly played a huge role in his son's progression to the Premier League.

Abdellatif was a goalkeeper for Raja Casablanca in his native Morocco but saw his own career stall when he moved to Belgium and could not gain clearance from his former club to play on.

Instead he became a tram and bus driver and, in his spare time, coached his three sons in the sport he loved.

Fellaini left Anderlecht at the age of 11 when Abdellatif got a new job in Mons, 60km away, joining the local club RAEC Mons. He also played for Royal Francs Borains (now known as Royal Boussu Dour Borinage) and Sporting Charleroi before joining Liege in 2004.

His time at Anderlecht held him good stead because former Stoke City boss Johan Boskamp, who managed the 'Purple and Whites' in the mid 1990s, remembered him when he was briefly in charge of Liege almost 10 years later.

"Johan took him at Liege and put him in the first team in 2006," explained Schraepen. "He gave him his chance, no-one else did that. Six months later, he was in the Belgium team.



"But it is a surprise even to me that Maro has become such a star. I never would have thought it possible that he would reach such a high level.

"He was good as a boy but not formidable and there were many more skilful players in his age-group when I coached him.

"Marouane's personality and character have been very important to him making it and his father has helped him a lot too, firstly by always believing in him 100%."

It seems that, while he is best known for his aerial prowess during games, Fellaini's willingness to keep his feet on the ground is the reason he has come so far, so quickly.

Away from football, according to De Camargo, his old team-mate is shy and likes to "keep things simple", adding that he is enjoying the attention he is getting because of his distinctive hair but is not getting carried away by it.

Hard work remains Fellaini's mantra, and he is keen to improve all aspects of his game, including his discipline.

His relationship with referees has never been the greatest, even back in Belgium but, when he collected his 10th booking of the season against Hull on 10 January, he and Moyes knew it was time to act.

Fellaini avoided a lengthier suspension by attending a personal hearing with Keith Hackett, England's chief referee and general manager of Professional Game Match Officials Limited, where the player gave his side of events but also vowed to improve his behaviour.

He has kept his promise. After being booked 10 times in his first 17 games for Everton before meeting Hackett, he has picked up only three yellow cards in 16 games since.



And De Camargo feels Fellaini will react in a similar fashion to criticism over his passing ability - by getting better with the ball.

The striker admits Liege missed Fellaini badly when he left, although they recovered to retain their Jupiler League title in a play-off after finishing level on points with Anderlecht.

"I never played against Marouane but I would always prefer to play with him," de Camargo added.

"He is comfortable in two positions, offensive and defensive midfield. Yes, if there is a weakness to his game, it is his passing. He is not poor in that area but he is no Ronaldinho, if you see what I mean.

"That is not his strength right now but he is definitely the sort of player who can improve and he has always worked hard at doing so.

"At Liege, with every game and every day I watched him get better. For sure he has areas of his game he can improve but he has made big progress already in his first year in England."

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MAROUANE FELLAINI STRUCK DOWN BY MYSTERY VIRUS
David Moyes, the Everton manager, has expressed concern that Marouane Fellaini may miss the start of the season after contracting a mystery virus which has caused him to lose a significant amount of weight.


Fellaini played in the pre-season friendly against Coventry City on Sunday but Moyes is worried that his lack of strength and power could mean he will miss the start of the campaign at home to Arsenal on August 15.

"Fellaini has had an illness for most of the summer which has affected him," Moyes said. "He picked up a viral infection in the summer. It got into his blood, he lost a lot of weight and he wasn't a boy that could afford to lose any weight.

"It's noticeable looking at him how thin he has become. It has definitely had an effect on his overall performance.

"It is going to take a little while I feel for him to get his full strength back. I don't think he is there yet. He has not been right all through pre-season and he is still not right. When you are the shape and build he is, when you lose weight it's not all that easy to put it back on."

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Everton manager David Moyes has praised Belgian midfielder Marouane Fellaini and is confident that he can have a similar impact on the Premier League as he did last season.



The 21-year-old scored eight goals in the league last season and was generally looked upon as one of the players of the season.

Despite previous concerns over the fitness of the former Standard Liege midfielder, Fellaini appeared in Everton's 2-1 victory over Malaga on Friday and Moyes has moved to praise the Belgian star for the quick recovery he has made.

"I thought that was the best he played in pre-season and you could see after the game that he felt good about himself," the former Preston North End boss told the club's official website.

"It’s taken him the best part of five weeks to get to the required level and we hope that he is now going to stay up there.

"I think the first few weeks of this season might be harder for him than he found it last year and it may take him time to find his stride.

"But I also don’t think it will be a great surprise if we see great improvement from him, as he showed last season how big a contribution he can make."

Moyes went on to point out Fellaini's determination and positive attitude as the main attributes behind his success.

"The Premier League is a long old haul and there will be different periods when players are in form or when they are struggling," the 46-year-old added.

"The good thing about ‘Felli’ is that he is someone who responds to criticism and you can see that he wants to learn all the time. He is a player who works and wants to improve."

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