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Fellaini would be the perfect fit. Updated.

You could easily say that I am just to conclusions after one game of the season, but as we have been linked to Fellaini earlier in the transfer window, it is not so outlandish to think that he could have been suiting up for a different blue team this season.

Pre-season showed that we are still lacking that strength and power, that was so characteristic of Chelsea's midfield for the past decade with players like Makelele, Essien, Lampard and Ballack. Mikel does an admirable job shielding the defence but his performances are more consistently 5 or 6 out of 10, than the 7 or 8 that we have been use to with the aforementioned players.

Despite the Australian news saying that Everton beat United because of a header from Everton's *striker* Fellaini, he is arguably one of the few complete midfielders in the game at the moment. He won the most tackles, headers and completed the most passes of all players at Everton last season and won the 2nd most tackles in the league. When you watch Everton play, it seems impossible for Fellaini not to win a header. He is 6f 4 1/2 (that is not including his massive fro) and would be a destroyer in the Chelsea midfield. His passing is crisp and I feel like he would rarely be at fault for 'the mistake that lead to the goal' that Mikel is often attributed to.

I am not saying that Mikel is bad, I am just not sure if he is that class player that will enable us to dominate the midfield for a few seasons. Could Fellaini be?... maybe...

Edit: I just wanted to add a couple videos for people to have a look at. The first is older with Fellaini playing much more of a defensive mid position and the second is more recent in a much more advanced role.

Edit 2: Some statistical comparison with Mikel.

2011/2012 Season Fellaini Mikel
Games Started 31 15
Minutes Played 2856 1323
Total Ground 50-50's 323 124
Ground 50-50's Win % 41% 55%
Mins per Ground 50-50's 8.84 10.67
Total Aerial 50-50's 115 37
Aerial 50-50's Win % 74% 54%
Mins per Aerial 50-50's 25.83 35.76
Total Tackles 99 36
Tackle Success % 84.85% 83.33%
Mins per Tackle 29 37
Interceptions 57 40
Defensive Errors 1 2
Mins per Defensive Error 2856 662
Loss of Possession 33 15
Mins per Loss of Possession 87 88
Total Accurate Passes (inc Throws/Goal Kicks) 1432 986
Total Passes (inc Throws/Goal Kicks) 1811 1093
Pass Completion % (inc Throws/Goal Kicks) 79.07 90.21
Total Open Play Passes (OPP) 1786 1089
Accurate Open Play Passes (OPP) 1424 982
OPP Completion % 80% 90%
Passes Per Minute 1 1
Successful Dribble 11 9
Successful Dribbles per game 0.32 0.41
Accurate Crosses 2 0
Total Crosses 19 0
Crossing Accuracy 11% 0%
Goal Assist 4 0
Chances Created Open play (non assists) 21 8
Total Chances Created (inc Assists) 25 8
Mins per chance created (inc Assists) 114 165

2010/2011 Season Fellaini Mikel
Games Started 19 28
Minutes Played 1654 2215
Total Ground 50-50's 213 192
Ground 50-50's Win % 52% 55%
Mins per Ground 50-50's 7.77 11.54
Total Aerial 50-50's 123 58
Aerial 50-50's Win % 58% 62%
Mins per Aerial 50-50's 13.45 38.19
Total Tackles 67 54
Tackle Success % 71.64% 79.63%
Mins per Tackle 25 41
Interceptions 36 56
Defensive Errors 3 2
Mins per Defensive Error 551 1108
Loss of Possession 24 15
Mins per Loss of Possession 69 148
Total Accurate Passes (inc Throws/Goal Kicks) 781 1626
Total Passes (inc Throws/Goal Kicks) 1017 1820
Pass Completion % (inc Throws/Goal Kicks) 76.79 89.34
Total Open Play Passes (OPP) 1004 1805
Accurate Open Play Passes (OPP) 777 1617
OPP Completion % 77% 90%
Passes Per Minute 1 1
Successful Dribble 21 16
Successful Dribbles per game 1.05 0.57
Accurate Crosses 2 1
Total Crosses 10 7
Crossing Accuracy 20% 14%
Goal Assist 2 1
Chances Created Open play (non assists) 16 21
Total Chances Created (inc Assists) 18 23
Mins per chance created (inc Assists) 92 96

2009/2010 Season Fellaini Mikel
Games Started 20 21
Minutes Played 1763 1744
Total Ground 50-50's 251 189
Ground 50-50's Win % 44% 56%
Mins per Ground 50-50's 7.02 9.23
Total Aerial 50-50's 134 55
Aerial 50-50's Win % 66% 33%
Mins per Aerial 50-50's 13.16 31.71
Total Tackles 74 60
Tackle Success % 78.38% 76.67%
Mins per Tackle 24 29
Interceptions 62 58
Defensive Errors 0 1
Mins per Defensive Error 0 1744
Loss of Possession 0 0
Mins per Loss of Possession 0 0
Total Accurate Passes (inc Throws/Goal Kicks) 767 1201
Total Passes (inc Throws/Goal Kicks) 1025 1341
Pass Completion % (inc Throws/Goal Kicks) 74.83% 89.56%
Total Open Play Passes (OPP) 1003 1328
Accurate Open Play Passes (OPP) 755 1192
OPP Completion % 75% 90%
Passes Per Minute 1 1
Successful Dribble 8 11
Successful Dribbles per game 0.35 0.44
Accurate Crosses 10 3
Total Crosses 20 7
Crossing Accuracy 50% 43%
Goal Assist 2 1
Chances Created Open play (non assists) 21 16
Total Chances Created (inc Assists) 23 18
Mins per chance created (inc Assists) 77 97

Stats from EPLIndex.

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