Moyes stands by Fellaini deal

10 September 2008 03:45
Everton manager David Moyes is confident that record signing Marouane Fellaini will prove to be a big success at Goodison Park. The 20-year-old central midfielder impressed for Standard Liege against Liverpool before joining the Toffees, costing the Merseysiders a whopping £15million. Moyes told the club's official website: "People will say that Fellaini was a last-minute thing and he wasn't on the radar and a lot of that is correct. "We were after other people, we were after two or three people who we couldn't get. But we weren't sitting about doing nothing, we were looking to see who our next targets were. "We haven't got a lot of stature in the team, so our criteria was that we had to get someone who was bigger than what we had. "We have a lot of smaller people in the team, Mikel Arteta, Leon Osman, Steven Pienaar, so there were lots of good midfielders about, but they didn't meet the criteria. "Fellaini was one who we knew could do that and we have watched him. "His games against Liverpool were very good and that probably tipped us over. We realised then that instead of having the potential, he was there."

Source: ESA