Former Manchester United Striker Michael Owen has today said his former team blundered in not getting Ross Barkley from Everton during the Summer. They condemned that error by bringing in Marouane Fellaini instead of the up and coming young English attacking midfielder.
Owen was quoted as saying ‘Moyes would have expected an instant return on investment when buying Marouane Fellaini. I rate him highly in a certain type of team but I’m not sure he is a Manchester United player,’
‘Moyes would have been better served by breaking the bank for another of Everton’s players. ‘A team consisting of two of the best youngsters in the Premier League, Adnan Januzaj and Ross Barkley, would have immediately sent out a the message that Moyes is building a team to last.’
Fellaini who joined on deadline day for a fee of £27.5 million pounds has struggled to adapt to life at United and the Belgian international has missed out on the starting X1 for United’s last three games.
When comparing both players starts to the season it is easy to see why Michael Owen has come to that conclusion. As you will see below, Ross Barkley has attempted and completed more dribbles than Fellaini, created more chances than Fellaini and creates a chance every 78 minutes compared to Fellaini’s 446 minutes per chance. Finally Barkley has 2 goals to Fellaini’s zero.
Of course there is plenty of time for Fellaini to improve those figures and start to justify his hefty price-tag, but right now Owen is looking to be proven correct.
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