When you’re talking about Manchester United in 2016/17, who’s the first name that comes to mind? Jose Mourinho? Zlatan Ibrahimovic? Paul Pogba? One name that’s been in the news a lot recently – mainly for bad the reasons, unfortunately – is Marouane Fellaini.
The Belgian splits opinion like few others – some fans believe he’s nowhere near good enough for United, and drags the side down when he plays, while others – Mourinho apparently included – love him for his all-action, crash-and-bash style.
One of the key factors in making Fellaini one of the Premier League’s most recognisable players? That wild hairdo. Throughout his time in England, whether it’s been for Everton or United, Fellaini has always sported his crazy afro, like he’s shoved his fingers into the nearest plug socket without a thought for his own safety.
Even when newspapers reported he’d had a trim, it turned out to be just a cut to a slightly shorter afro. When he dyed his hair blonde, it was simply the tips of his ‘fro that took the colour.
Fellaini’s hair is one of the most recognisable cuts in the Premier League since David Beckham’s ever-changing barnet. But should he change his style? I reckon so – it’s got to be time! And here’s five suggestions that he could go for.
#1 The Stone Cold Steve Austin
So, Fellaini is known for his heavily combative style on the pitch. I’m not sure that anyone really knows his true best position – is he a target-man in the box? An attacking midfielder? An enforcer in the tradition of Roy Keane role? Or simply a nuisance to the opposing team, like a Belgian Robbie Savage with giant hair? Regardless, nobody wants to play against the guy. Why? He’s a nightmare.
This year alone he’s picked up eleven yellow cards along with one red last week for headbutting Sergio Aguero; three of the yellows were for Belgium so his hardcore style isn’t contained to just the Premier League.
He’s definitely one of the toughest tacklers out there, but his hairstyle just doesn’t suit his rough style of play. Which is why he could take a leaf out of the book of WWE legend ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin and just get rid of the lot.
There aren’t many more intimidating visualisations than a pair of psychotic eyes staring out from a cleanly shaved head – just ask Martin Skrtel. If Fellaini could grow a nasty-looking goatee – not a trimmed Craig David style one of course – it’d work even better for him.