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Belgium’s game-changer should have new Saints boss cooing

| 18.06.2014

With Belgium heading towards a disastrous defeat in their Group G opener, Manchester United misfit Marouane Fellaini entered the fray and rose like a phoenix to expertly flick in a headed equaliser, thereby setting the Red Devils back on course for victory over Algeria.

Marc Wilmots’ side are now 1/1 to overcome Russia in their next fixture and as short as 1/3 to finish as winners of Group G.

Nevertheless, when this festival of football is over and thoughts turn towards matters domestic, Fellaini’s other Red Devils are poised to hawk their man our for around £12-15m after a criticism-laden debut season at Old Trafford.

This is sure to be United’s loss and very much another club’s gain if they bring Belgium’s towering number eight in to play as an auxiliary centre-forward, or even as a target man.

Against Algeria, Fellaini served a timely reminder that when given licence to roam into the penalty area, he’s as proficient as any striker worth their salt in burying aerial opportunities.

One club who may wish to act on this premise and get in touch with Louis van Gaal are Southampton.

Having just appointed legendary Dutchman Ronald Koeman to take the St Mary’s reigns, he’ll be looking to make some acquisitions to excite the fans.

And given Van Gaal is Koeman’s compatriot, negotiations should be smoother than Andre Pirlo’s wardrobe.

More importantly, Saints have just been forced to let their main striker and arguably the best target man in the Premier League leave for Liverpool, in Rickie Lambert.

Although Koeman and Southampton will want to keep the attractive attacking football flowing next season, they need an option of Lambert’s ilk as a spearhead and Fellaini could play that role.

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Christian Crowther

Give Christian a sport with anything remotely spherical in it and he’ll happily while away the hours watching it on the box. However, he’d much prefer writing about, playing or betting on golf, football, cricket, tennis, snooker.... you get the picture.