No Limits For Felli
Belgian enjoying increase in goals but insists wins are the key.
This may already be his most prolific season to date but Marouane Fellaini insists there's no way he'll be taking it easy between now and May.
The Blues face Wigan in an FA Cup quarter-fInal on Saturday having not lost when Fellaini has scored this term, with David Moyes’ team winning six and drawing four of the 10 matches in which the giant Belgian has hit the target.
Fellaini sat out last month's fifth round replay against Oldham but returned to the fold against Reading last weekend to head his 12th goal in what is proving to be an increasingly impressive campaign.
“I missed the [Oldham] game because I had pain in my ankle but now it is much better,” the midfielder told evertontv. “I scored last week but the most important thing is the three points against Reading.
“Now I am ready for Wigan in the quarter-final of the FA Cup and I hope to win the game. That’s the most important thing – for the supporters, for the staff, for Everton. It’s important to win because it is good for confidence."
Asked how many more strikes he hopes to plunder between now and the end of the season, the 25-year-old was coy. There's no set target - only the desire to keep up his all-important contributions.
“I’m happy and when I score the goals it is a bonus for me," he said. "I’m not a striker, I’m not a goalscorer – I’m a midfielder. It’s good for me but it’s important to win every game.
“I have played more up front and I’m more in the box, so I have more chances to score the goals now. I try to concentrate when I’m in the box.
“I don’t have an idea of how many I can score but I will try to play well. I will try to keep going and we will see.”
Fellaini also insists his performances will not be affected by the disciplinary tightrope he is currently walking.
The Belgian midfielder has been brandished with eight yellow cards this season, meaning two more bookings before Sunday 14 April would trigger a two-match suspension.
Inclusive of Saturday’s FA Cup tie against Wigan, Everton play five fixtures before the amnesty in just over a month’s time.
“I will try to not get any yellow cards until April but it might happen because this is football,” Fellaini explained. "I will play my game and we will see. If I get a two-game ban, that’s football. It’s like this."
Earlier this month David Moyes called for his midfielder to receive more protection from referees, though the man himself says he's learning to accept rough tactics are an inevitability he cannot allow to phase him.
“Now I play more up front so I have more contact with the defenders who will try to stop me,"' he pointed out. "Normally I play in midfield where I’m challenging the players and trying to take the ball.
“It’s a new job for me but I will try to control myself when I'm not getting protected.”
Fellaini, now in his fifth season on Merseyside, is optimistic this can be the season when Everton end their 18-year wait for silverware.
The Blues sit 90 minutes away from a Wembley semi-final and their talismanic midfielder says the players are determined not to let such a golden opportunity pass them by.
“Everybody has a big motivation for this game,” added the former Standard Liege man. “There is a big chance for Everton and the players. Every day the players come in and work hard for this, so I hope we can go to the semi-finals this season.
“We have a good team and good players. Now the most important thing is Saturday and I hope every supporter can help the team to win the game.
“I have played here five years and I have won nothing, so I hope this season we can win a trophy. When you play football, you want to win something and I hope we can this season.
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