Not known for his offensive abilities, Marouane Fellaini has been hailed as Belgium’s best goalscorer by manager Marc Wilmots.
Speaking ahead of their friendly with Portugal, Wilmots criticized Manchester United’s handling of Fellaini, saying that Louis Van Gaal was playing him out of position.
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While Wilmots claimed that Fellaini was better as a box-to-box midfielder rather than playing further up the pitch, he then contradicted himself by saying he was his best goalscorer as well.
I know him by heart. In my eyes, he is a box-to-box [midfielder]. He could also play as No. 6 by himself, but not with a partner.
He has the ability to play on the offensive too, as Everton used him. He is the best goal scorer I have. He is a very good player with a unique profile, but he is a player who must be used taking his qualities into account.
Technically, Wilmots is right. Fellaini has 15 goals for Belgium, the most by any player in the current squad. He scored in the 2014 World Cup, and grabbed six goals in six matches for the national team in 2015.
When you think of a natural scorer in the Belgian side, you’d probably think of Romelu Lukaku or Michy Batshuayi, but Fellaini always seems to produce for the Red Devils. Whether or not Louis van Gaal takes Wilmots’ advice, that’s a different story.