Fellaini told to copy Messi

Everton boss David Moyes has advised Marouane Fellaini to be more like Lionel Messi in dealing with opponents trying to rough him up.

Last Updated: 26/02/13 at 19:06 Post Comment

Lionel Messi: Not a bad role model for Marouane Fellaini, according to David Moy

Lionel Messi: Not a bad role model for Marouane Fellaini, according to David Moy

Belgian midfielder Fellaini was left with a bleeding knee on Saturday after a tackle by Norwich's Bradley Johnson, with no action being taken by referee Lee Mason.

An unhappy Fellaini, handed a three-game ban earlier this season for headbutting Stoke's Ryan Shawcross, took retribution by barging Johnson over, which resulted in a free-kick and a stern communication from the referee.

Moyes believes his 25-year-old is singled out for particular treatment by opposing teams and thinks officials could do more to protect him.

But it is the behaviour of Barcelona superstar Messi that has attracted interest from Moyes and the Scot said: "Everybody wants to kick Messi because it is the only way to stop him, but all he ever does is sort of smile, get up and get on with it, and then does it again.

"So I have told Fellaini he has to copy that. I don't think he'll ever be as good as that, but certainly in his temperament, he should try to be similar to Lionel Messi, who looks as if he just gets on and accepts that people have to try to stop him some way.

"You trust officials and expect them to go about their job the same for everybody. But if you look at Fellaini, you know he has to take as many challenges as anybody.

"He will give as many out, but I don't think he gets protected as well as what there is when he is challenging somebody. It is frustrating, but I've got to say he has got good at it."

Moyes was speaking ahead of Tuesday's FA Cup fifth-round replay against League One Oldham at Goodison Park, where his team will be looking to contain the threat of 6ft 6in striker Matt Smith.

Smith netted a dramatic stoppage-time equaliser for the Latics to ensure the original tie finished 2-2, having scored twice in the previous round as Liverpool suffered a shock 3-2 defeat at Boundary Park.

Moyes, whose side are sixth in the Premier League, feels the frontman may provide the Toffees defence with a test quite different to those they are used to facing in the top flight.

"That type of centre-forward was probably more prevalent in my day - we had one of them every week," Moyes added.

"I think it is less and less so the case now in the Premier League, so that is what makes it a little bit more unusual. I don't think there are quite as many teams using a big man the way Oldham do.

"But it is part of football and there is no right or wrong way to play. The job is to win, and whatever way you choose to do it, as long as it is within the rules, that is okay."

The winners of the cup clash will face Wigan at home in the quarter-finals.

TEAMtalk Facebook Fan Page

The TEAMtalk fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

E

ven if United were to sign CR7 & Messi to play upfront, the fact remains Fletcher and Cleverly are playing in midfield. That's where the problem is. Fletcher is too slow with an awful pass, while Cleverly is simply rubbish

mrunited4life
Di Maria - A Signing of Necessity, or Opportunity?

T

hese days, these days, you can't say something racist without somebody saying that you're a racist.

tk421
'Wrong' Views Not Silenced By Shouting...

D

rop Rooney (he's so disappointing, overrated and overpaid), and play Di Maria and RVP upfront, much like the set up at the Netherlands team with Roben and RVP...

eric bush3
Di Maria - A Signing of Necessity, or Opportunity?

Footer 365

Transfer news: Tottenham strike deal for Montpellier midfielder Benjamin Stambouli

Tottenham have agreed a fee with Montpellier for defensive midfielder Benjamin Stambouli, according to the French club.

Transfer news: Chelsea confirm agreement with AC Milan for two-year Fernando Torres loan

Chelsea striker Fernando Torres will have a medical at AC Milan on Saturday ahead of an agreed two-year loan deal.

Europa League: Roberto Martinez happy Everton start and finish at home

Roberto Martinez is happy with the way the fixtures have worked out for Everton in their tough Europa League draw.

Mail Box

Surely A Spurs Fan Should Remember...

...what happened to the fourth Champions League place the last time an English team won the thing. Plus, who would want to pay £60 to watch the current England team?

Ginger Pirlo? Don't Make Me Laugh...

A Sunderland fan in the mailbox is surprised by Jack Colback's call up to the England squad. Plus, thoughts on Welbeck and Liverpool's Champions League draw...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property