Meanwhile, Luke Garbutt played 80+ minutes for England U21s in their 3-0 win over Moldova and Gethin Jones was an unused substitute in Lithuania as Wales U21s earned a draw.
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1 Posted 09/09/2014 at 22:44:24
2 Posted 09/09/2014 at 22:51:34
In all fairness to Cyprus, they did not let the game get beyond them, and just plugged away, which yielded dividends in their two goals.
Mo had two decent shots at goal, one went over and the other thunderbolt hit the bar, it was one of those nights for him but he did show some good touches, but not as often as I would have liked to see.
As Tommy (#1) said, he needs confidence and games and maybe will get a start for us soon, there is no doubting he is a rising star.
3 Posted 09/09/2014 at 22:58:05
4 Posted 10/09/2014 at 00:34:44
5 Posted 10/09/2014 at 09:47:42
6 Posted 10/09/2014 at 10:52:37
I really want Mo Besic to be a massive player and leader for Everton FC but I wouldn't put too much pressure on him just yet with possibly over the top statements such as "the cream always rises to the top". It's of my opinion that we are perhaps heaping too much expectation on a relatively young untried, at this level at least player.
Yes, he seems eager and looks like he wants to get stuck in but in this day and age in the Premier League the way referees are, he's unlikely to get away with "getting stuck in" too much.
What he needs is to use the likes of Barry as a tutor Â– a guy who's seen it all at this level; learn from him, know what he can and can't do, and use what he is best at to influence games.
He won't be a regular in the Premier League before Christmas in my opinion unless we have injury issues. He will and should play in the Europa League and Capital One Cup, however, to get him blooded into how we play and give us a more thorough look at what he can offer us.
A very good player in the making, but hey, let's be patient and a bit realistic.
7 Posted 10/09/2014 at 11:58:39
Learn from Barry and play the Euro games and the Cups.
Hopefully he will come on quickly and might end up pushing Barry/McCarthy for a starting place sooner rather than later.
His age gives him time though.
8 Posted 10/09/2014 at 12:06:48
It just seems since the early pre-season every man and his dog has been laying these huge expectations on Besic, with not really a great deal of foundation for all the rave Â– most of us had seen him play one game against Argentina where he was excellent against Lionel Messi.
Since then, it's all "Oh he has the skill to dictate" or "Play Besic in Barkley's role as he could be creative."
Give the lad a chance to adjust to life here on and off the pitch. He has never really played in a hard competitive league yet, the English league is unforgiving when you are not ready for it. Blood him in slow and let him learn.
I just hope all the hype merchants that have been out all summer don't get on his back if he starts and has three bad games. You should have heard the stick Lukaku took against Chelsea.
Be patient. He is not Xavi or Iniesta. He is a lad new to the league and needs the support of the fans and guidance from his team-mates.
9 Posted 10/09/2014 at 12:21:18
it was the same way with Fernandes, that silky skill against Le Arse and the goal against Man Utd meant we expected that all the time. Sadly he didn't sign and the second loan period was quite forgettable.
We are a fickle bunch who expect too much from players, we're doing it now with Besic and I would say Barkley.
10 Posted 10/09/2014 at 14:51:02
All players have different skills which can effect different type of games. Besic leads from the front with desire, energy and a fair bit of ability, and his all round game will drive us forward. The boy is a natural leader on the pitch; that’s what I believe we need now.
Players will follow this type of leadership which can help maximize our potential while playing to create momentum and confidence.
11 Posted 10/09/2014 at 15:50:23
I suspect one of these two will be rested for the Wolfsburg game and Besic will be in. If he shines (and I'm sure he will) then it'll give RM a headache as to whether he stays in.
12 Posted 10/09/2014 at 16:12:51
13 Posted 10/09/2014 at 21:28:38
14 Posted 10/09/2014 at 22:16:29
15 Posted 10/09/2014 at 23:53:29
16 Posted 11/09/2014 at 01:02:47
17 Posted 11/09/2014 at 01:52:40
18 Posted 11/09/2014 at 02:18:19
19 Posted 11/09/2014 at 02:44:01
I saw in the press today the new signing for Hull City saying he turned down a move to Benfica in order to play for Hull... astonshing, but the pull for him was not Hull City but the fact that he could play in the Premier League.
I can't ever imagine Eusebio leaving Benfica for Hull!
20 Posted 11/09/2014 at 02:56:57
Mo Besic will have to be patient and earn his place in the first team; meanwhile, he will do his apprenticeship on the fringes. When all the hype has evaporated and the World Cup is a distant yawn, then we will probably see the emergence of Mo Besic.
21 Posted 11/09/2014 at 17:52:04
22 Posted 11/09/2014 at 18:00:26
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