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'Muhamed Besic is the best defender Ive seen in Hungary'

30/07/2014  Comments (9)  jump
That's the opinion of Tom Mortimer, creator of and "general Hungarian football expert", who analysed the 21 year-old when he was playing as centre half for Ferencvaros last season and said:
"He’s been great. Very combative, good positionally, good at bringing the ball out of defense. All round top defender. Can be a bit ill-disciplined at times, but very infrequent. Best defender I’ve possibly ever seen in Hungary, and I still can’t quite believe he’s here.”

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Derek Knox
1 Posted 30/07/2014 at 07:36:38
That is quite interesting that he was used as a central defender whilst at Ferencvaros !

I wonder if Roberto's forward thinking, has this position in mind, especially with so many games looming on four fronts , Distin and Jags ( barring injury ) surely won't be able to play in EVERY game !

Yet, when playing very well for his country in the recent WC he clearly played a centre midfield role !

His versatility , by his own words, on his inaugural interview ( OS ) I can play anywhere, I don't mind ! Surely, we have nabbed an absolute bargain here !

Matt Traynor
2 Posted 30/07/2014 at 08:23:53
Agreed Derek. Whilst versatile players are a necessity when operating with a small squad, a team of Jagielka's and Neville's isn't going to win much. But to have a player who is comfortable in more than 1 position is different from having someone who can "do a job" in several.

Despite some people's negativity on this signing, along the lines of "He's only £4m, can't be that good", or "Why hasn't one of the other teams been in for him" (I really do despair sometimes), I think we've got ourselves a bargain here, and predict he'll play a fair bit this season.

Tony Draper
3 Posted 30/07/2014 at 08:30:13
Besic is still very young and Roberto's philosophy appears to be sign younger players with plenty of potential who he can mould and influence together. Admitedly Barry is an experienced older player but along with "known quantities" Kone & Alcaraz fits in with his ethos.

For as long as I can recall Everton have played with 4 at the back, yet Roberto's tactics don't solely rely upon a back four.
I'm guessing that a very promising youngster who can play CB or CM is just what RM would want in a squad required to play 3 or 4 at the back not only from game to game but during a single match.

And in his OS interview Mo seemed not only willing but confident in playing in different roles. Surely an example of Roberto's "right characters & personalities" to fit in ?

TBH I'd hardly heard of Besic before the WC, but RM has been watching him (or had him watched) for 2 years. Not sure what impresses me the most, MB's potential or RM's thorough research.

Derek Turner
4 Posted 30/07/2014 at 08:46:57
Reminds me of a Pub Landlord quip about a Welshman telling his bride "You are the most beautiful woman I have ever seen - in Cardiff!"
Dean Adams
5 Posted 30/07/2014 at 17:58:42
Just think he might be the long term partner for Stones one day. What a solid centre half pairing that could make. He could I suppose be one of four defensive mids this season with the view to developing in the future. With Rom up front, we are looking amazing. Well done Bobby and Billy!!
Jim Lloyd
6 Posted 30/07/2014 at 18:35:05
Interesting. I can see him becoming a very influential part of our team.
Harold Matthews
7 Posted 30/07/2014 at 23:20:22
These kids have an awful long way to go. Top class football is a lot more than being young, quick and technically proficient. Players like Hibbo, Barry, John Terry, Zabaleta, Lahm and co are seldom caught out of position because they read and understand the game. This doesn't happen overnight. Our fine set of talented youngsters, especially the ones at the back, will need time and patience.

Like everyone else, I'm buzzing with excitement but prefer to keep my expectations in check for a little while longer. We are definitely going places. Of that there is no doubt. How long it will take Roberto to get his dream team fully assembled is anyones guess, but I'll enjoy watching him do it.

Patrick Murphy
8 Posted 31/07/2014 at 00:21:21

Agreed, there will still be days ahead where our patience as a fan base will be tested by mistakes, poor performances etc but what I believe isn't in doubt is that Roberto has a plan to at least try and get us back to the club we used to be far too long ago - and the fun will be in watching how it all develops over the next couple of seasons.

Of course there is nothing to say it won't happen sooner than that but, as you say, better not to be too greedy too soon.

Jim Lloyd
9 Posted 31/07/2014 at 08:42:49
Yep Harold, it is not going to happen overnight, that we turn kids into seasoned pros. However, I'm excited at what Roberto is planning for our club and by the players he is bringing in. We've still a couple of weeks to go in the transfer window and no doubt we'll get more players in wanting to play for Robbie.

This lad though looks special. I know it's too early to say he'll succeed but certainly seems to ahve the right ingredients to make the grade.

It will undoubtedly take time for Robbie to get all the ingredients that he wants to bring in. He wants to make us a club who lose that "fighting above their weight" bollocks" and get us back to where we belong.

I think we can realistically aim to get into the top six but, really, I'm looking more at how these kids develop as individuals and as a team. I don't expect them to just suddenly click into a title winning machine, or even break into the top four places...yet but I certainly am looking forward to see them becoming a fine footballing outfit who are only going to get better.

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