Everton need to match Fellaini's ambitions

Posted by Luke O'Farrell

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On the back of Everton's blistering start to the season, the media appear to have reopened the 'When will Marouane Fellaini leave' polls with the Belgian linked to any club with a sizable bank balance.

Despite Fellaini and David Moyes discussing his future with refreshing honesty in the last few days, the media cannot wait for him to leave or so it would seem. However, it is not entirely surprising, as this has happened before; the media did a similar thing with Leighton Baines. In spite of Manchester United failing to make their interest concrete, the media continually claimed that Baines would be travelling along M62 for anything between £6 million - £15 million.

Given his abilities, Fellaini's desire for Champions League football is understandable. He deserves to grace Europe's premier cup competition. Nevertheless, as he stated last week, he would like to do that with Everton if possible. Newspapers continue to link Fellaini with a January move but that appears highly unlikely. Everton would only sell for an astronomical amount with the remaining years on Fellaini's contract placing the club in a very strong position. Besides, David Moyes is unlikely to let his star man leave at the midpoint of the season with Everton primed for a European push.

Clearly an ambitious player, Fellaini wants to reach the top of the game. Many are sure to disagree but, given the right support, he can do that at Everton. After such a strong start, it is imperative that Everton continue to progress and the upcoming January transfer window is crucial. Able to make (see the last two transfer windows) or break (see the farce that was August 2011) a season, this forthcoming window is the most important in recent years.

Well documented, the lack of depth within the squad is painfully apparent and David Moyes deserves the chance to try to alleviate the situation. Breaking the bank is ill-advised and not something that the fans want but David Moyes requires some form of backing. Potentially, Everton could make it through this season without any serious injuries or suspensions but the law of averages suggests it is rather improbable.

In certain areas Everton can afford the absence of one or two but the loss of any key player would hurt the side. Already this season, injuries have affected the side with Darron Gibson sorely missed in the Everton midfield while Kevin Mirallas' recent injuries have certainly hampered the team creatively.

Elsewhere, the loss of Leighton Baines, Marouane Fellaini and Nikica Jelavic for a sustained period could be crippling unless the squad becomes stronger.

Not since 2004-05, when Everton finished fourth, have the Toffees enjoyed such a strong start to a Premier League season; Everton are just three points behind 04-05's total at this stage. Everton need to capitalise on this start and ensure that the key players remain, as David Moyes continues to build the strongest side of his reign.

As a collective, the club is brimming with confidence and these heightened ambitions leave many dreaming of European nights returning to L4. With the transfer window looming on the horizon, the moneymen need to starting looking under the rocks and ensure that Everton can match the ambitions of their star player.

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