Over the course of this World Cup one thing has become abundantly clear to RTE viewers; Eamon Dunphy wants to have Marouane Fellaini's children.
During the last Belgian game against Japan, the RTE pundit made his feelings known for the 30-year-old, calling the midfielder 'a remarkable nuisance':
He’s a real warrior. He gets stuck in and he’s got skill. He’s so honest and sticks at the task. He’s a remarkable nuisance, and I mean that in a complimentary way.
You’d hate to have him playing against you. He’s amazing and someone I really admire.
In the lead up to Belgium's semi-final against France, Dunphy was similarly effusive in his praise for the player and damned near ran out of superlatives to describe the lanky streak of footballer.
The words 'hero', 'indispensable', 'magnificent' and 'beautiful nuisance' were bandied about the RTE studio with carefree abandon by the 72-year-old and Dunphy even went so far as to say he loved the player.
The lengths at which Eamon Dunphy was prepared to go to in order to praise the Belgian had a lot of viewers at home wondering what had gotten into the pundit:
"Fellaini is a hero, I love him". Asey on the wobblin juice Dunphy #WorldCup
— Conor Daly (@dalysballs) July 10, 2018
Did Dunphy just say Fellaini is a hero and he loves him? Wtf did I just hear @RTEsoccer #BELFRA
— Mark McDermott (@Marcus_Suridius) July 10, 2018
Did Dunphy just say “this fella Fellaini is amazing” surely there is RTÉ footage saying the complete opposite.
— GRAHAM TILSON (@TilsonGraham) July 10, 2018
Dunphy has an outrageous hard on for Fellaini, he’s just called him a ‘hero’ pic.twitter.com/iuTyrOK7bh
— Simon (@simonprior24) July 10, 2018
Eamonn Dunphy calling Fellaini a hero without doubt the oddest thing I’ve heard all tournament
— Dylan Byrne (@dylanlb96) July 10, 2018
Dunphy just called fellaini indispensable and a hero! I actually don’t think he’s a bad player but hold on eamonn
— Eoin O'Shea (@EoinTHFC) July 10, 2018
Fellaini is the new Wes for Dunphy ????
— Keith Abbey (@keith_abbey) July 10, 2018
Eamon Dunphy claiming Fellaini is a “great” player
— a (@lfcalexx) July 10, 2018
Fellaini works like a dog
He scores goals, he saves goals... He's a beautiful nuisance. I love him - Eamon Dunphy ???
— Liam Whelan (@liam11) July 10, 2018
Dunphy just hit an all time low:
“This guy Fellaini is magnificent”
— Derrick Lynch (@DLynchSport) July 10, 2018
Eamon Dunphy's newfound love for Fellaini must be the most radical conversion since his last about turn on a sincerely held belief he's claimed to have held.
— Pádraig Kenny (@padraig_kenny) July 10, 2018
Tom Wrynne dug up the inevitable contradiction to Dunphy's current opinion:
Knew I wasn’t imagining it, Dunphy 3 years ago - “if you took fellaini to Barcelona or Real Madrid they’d think he was a circus act” @RTEsoccer #WorldCup https://t.co/2Wp93QWODq
— Tom Wrynne (@TomWrynne) July 10, 2018
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