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Besic starts for Bosnia against Wales

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Lukaku on the bench for Belgium
Muhamed Besic played the full 90 minutes this evening for Bosnia-Herzegovina as they played out a 0-0 draw with Wales in Euro2016 qualifying at Cardiff City Stadium.

Romelu Lukaku, meanwhile, started on the bench for Belgium as they face minnows Andorra in Brussels and played the last half an hour in a 6-0 win.

Earlier, Luke Garbutt was an unused substitute for England U21s as they won the first leg of their playoff with Croatia 2-1. West Bromwich Albion's Saido Berahino scored a late penalty to give Gareth Southgate's side a narrow advantage.  

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Jamie Crowley
1 Posted 10/10/2014 at 20:11:39
Jesus, Joseph, and Mary please hear me now:

Don't let Besic get hurt. Please!

Dave Abrahams
2 Posted 10/10/2014 at 21:07:28
Jamie, I donÂ’t think they do football...
Mike Benjamin
3 Posted 10/10/2014 at 22:05:05
This lad is class, the star of the show by far. One chase back and dispossession of Bale at full speed was outstanding.
James Stewart
4 Posted 10/10/2014 at 22:26:06
He marked Bale out of the game.
James Flynn
5 Posted 10/10/2014 at 22:29:30
And Jesus, a boot in the ass of Beelzebub seems in order.
Gerry Quinn
6 Posted 10/10/2014 at 23:36:10

Tim Greeley
7 Posted 10/10/2014 at 23:43:49
Good link Gerry, thanks. Impressive indeed, although barely a minute of action on video, it was fun to watch!

He was obviously pressing in his early cameos and who can blame him, but I do believe we have a gem in Mo Besic. And he plays with PASSION which is so sorely missed in this group of gentlemen. We need a Bosnian pitbull.

Jamie Crowley
8 Posted 11/10/2014 at 00:17:41
If anyone is watching the USMNT... Please tell me Mix Diskerud should be in Blue. We have to sign this kid.

Mix Diskerud is a Martinez type player and he's fantastic.

Eric Holland
9 Posted 11/10/2014 at 00:34:40
Very impressive, Gerry.
Hope to see more of that in our midfield in the coming weeks.
Steve Orchard
10 Posted 11/10/2014 at 00:47:44
Wow! A couple of very impressive clips of Mo vs Wales tonight and Gareth Bale in particular. What a foot race and tackle that was! I remember how he shackled Messi in the World Cup, there should be no doubts this fella can defend and get the job done in midfield. He has to get more game time.
Harold Matthews
11 Posted 11/10/2014 at 00:53:04
Jamie. After urging the club to sign Mix just over a year ago, I received a reply from the manager's secretary stating "We are aware of Diskerud." At the time his value was around the ٟm mark.
Sam Hoare
12 Posted 11/10/2014 at 01:54:41
Besic looked great in what I saw of the Wales match. Strong defensively, quick and decent on the ball.

Some of the Englad U21 lads looked decent. Redmond was good again; I still don't know why we didn't splash out all of ٠m for him. Also, Lascelles looked solid; Newcastle got him cheap this Summer. Berahino looks a good prospect too... if he keeps scoring, he won't stay at WBA that long. Him and Lukaku could make a good little and large combo.

Steve Brown
13 Posted 11/10/2014 at 03:53:26
I like this lad, he's going to be a top player. Plus he has a bit of the Peter Reid edge to him.
Steve Guy
14 Posted 11/10/2014 at 07:40:42
From the BBC report on Wales game...

The Real Madrid winger was not as influential as usual, primarily because the world's most expensive player was stalked everywhere he went by Everton's Muhamed Besic.

Seems to me that we have a defensive midfielder of real quality who needs game time and will surely get it given our injury pile up.

Jim Bennings
15 Posted 11/10/2014 at 08:23:15
Besic again looked very very good. Is it now time to start playing him on a weekly basis and trust in him to grow as a player we have confidence in?

I would expect McCarthy to still be out against Villa judging by what I heard from Martinez so I'd be starting Besic, and when McCarthy returns I think the one to leave out, or give a rest to as manager's like to call it, would be Barry. After all, we paid ٢ million for Besic, then let's start enjoying him.

I think it's a sign of the times and a massive wake-up call to Lukaku though being benched. You'd expect at 㿈 million he would be doing enough to start for his nation, especially in a game where he should have been filling his boots.

Let's hope the fella starts knuckling down now and getting back to the basics of hard work and goals. He's took some justified criticism lately not just off the fans, but Everton legend's, men you can't argue with, so now it's down to Lukaku to start throwing those words back and live up to the hype.

Mark Tanton
16 Posted 11/10/2014 at 09:17:28
It's taken him far too long to get a game in my opinion, and then introducing him in the last minutes against Chelsea as the team crumbled was a bad decision.
Phil Walling
17 Posted 11/10/2014 at 09:22:56
The money paid for Lukaku looks more ridiculous as the season progresses. On the other hand, Besic could prove an excellent buy and we all look forward to seeing him get the chance to prove it. He showed last night that he has fully recovered from the exertions of the World Cup!
Barry Pearce
18 Posted 11/10/2014 at 09:25:10
Lukaku definitely needs to get his act together, or he will be even further down the pecking order with Belgium when BentekeÂ’s fit.
Colin Glassar
19 Posted 11/10/2014 at 10:02:47
Remember when we bought Baines from, yes, Wigan? Ginger wouldn't play him until Naismith and Valente were both injured. Once he got a run in the team, we never looked back. I think Besic will be a similar case.
Christopher Timmins
20 Posted 11/10/2014 at 10:05:51
Besic is a tidy player who can make a real contribution in the years ahead. If only all inward deals were so good. He should be given a run in the team between now and Christmas and this will surely happen given injuries and additional fixtures due our European fixtures.

While the season so far has been a let-down, it's way too early to write it off.

John Daley
21 Posted 11/10/2014 at 10:26:35
"It's taken him [Besic] far too long to get a game in my opinion"

He wasn't simply overlooked. He was left out of the starting line up earlier in the season at his own request, apparently.

Anyway, nice to hear he played well but it's probably wise not to get too carried away by what the press say about his performance against Wales. After all, the last Everton player to win widespread plaudits for marking Gareth Bale out of the game was... err... Phil Neville.

Tony Cheek
22 Posted 11/10/2014 at 11:11:52
The look on Bales face......PRICELESS!
Mark Frere
23 Posted 11/10/2014 at 11:10:22
Colin, I don't recall Naysmith and Valente keeping Baines out of the side; I seem to remember Lescott playing LB when Baines arrived and Baines had to wait for Lescott to be moved to CB to get his chance. That's how I remember it.
Peter Bell
24 Posted 11/10/2014 at 11:19:15
Mark -23

Baines went straight into the team when he arrived.
OFM changed it to Lescott at LB against I think Stoke as he feared the long high balls and Baines dropped out. OFM never changed it back for quite a few months before he returned.

At this time Valente had retired through injury and Naismith didnt even arrive until four years later

Mark Frere
25 Posted 11/10/2014 at 11:35:21
I think you're correct Peter, but you are confusing Gary Naysmith with Steven Naismith.
Jim Bennings
26 Posted 11/10/2014 at 11:49:41
I am willing to give Lukaku until Christmas time, the New Year before I say that the 28 million looks like a total waste.

I am trying my best to think of circumstances that may be working against him at present, a loss of confidence, the loss of Ross Barkley, they are two valid claims that may potentially rectify themselves.

The circumstances that I simply won't buy into are the fact that tiredness is an issue.
It is not and cannot be at this early stage, tiredness is a psychological factor and comes to the mind when confidence is low.

I also worry that Lukaku is in a comfort zone because this season compared to last, you feel motivation could become a issue for a player known to sometimes slouch when he has nothing to aim for/things aren't working his way.

I only say this tentatively because nobody knows Lukaku's mind but his performances lately are backing up this point.

Last season he was at Everton on loan, he was playing his football to impress us, Jose Mourinho and many potential futures suitors and there was also the fact of the most glamorous World Cup for many years, he knew to be part of the Belgium squad that big performances were needed.

Of course there's only one man who can prove this theory wrong and show the fans and people who have been most loyal, and shown the most faith in him that he is the real deal.

Step forward Romelu Lukaku.

If ever a man may need to take a step "Back to the Future" it's you.

Jamie Barlow
27 Posted 11/10/2014 at 12:48:56
Lukaku isn't getting the ball where he wants it. Most of the time he gets it, he has his back to goal. We should be giving him balls to run on to but we haven't got a player who can pass the ball forward at pace (except Baines).

He isn't a waste and I don't think he's out of form. He just isn't getting the chances. It's not as if he's doing a Jelly and missing everything that comes his way, is it?

John Daley
28 Posted 11/10/2014 at 12:48:28
"I simply won't buy into the fact that tiredness is an issue... tiredness is a psychological factor and comes to the mind when confidence is low. I also worry that Lukaku is in a comfort zone because this season compared to last, you feel motivation could become a issue for a player known to sometimes slouch when he has nothing to aim for/things aren't working his way.

I only say this tentatively because nobody knows Lukaku's mind."

Sheer genius.

I'm seriously gonna have to try pitching a new pisstake of 'Cracker' (called 'Bennings') when I get back home.

Brian Waring
29 Posted 11/10/2014 at 13:55:49
The thing I like about Besic is that he comes looking to take the ball off the back four.
Dan Brierley
30 Posted 11/10/2014 at 14:30:14
Spot on Brian. As opposed to McCarthy who keeps giving the ball to the back four.
Gavin Johnson
31 Posted 11/10/2014 at 14:49:34
Mark, you're right about Baines. In fact we'd already sold Naysmith to Sheffield United a few weeks before we bought Baines from Wigan.
Sandra Bowen
32 Posted 11/10/2014 at 16:05:06
I was at the game last night as a Wales fan first, Everton fan second, so I watched Besic very closely and I was most impressed. His job for the first 60 mins was to follow Bale everywhere and it's fair to say he had him in his pocket. It was only after Bale went up front that he got into the game.

What I liked most about him was that, at only 21 years old, he seemed like the main man for Bosnia. He was ordering all of his team mates about, bollocking them for missing chances, getting everyone into position. Seems like a real winner and someone who thrives when given a job to do.

There was a point in the second half where Bale was at full tilt with the ball down the wing and Besic not only stayed with him but also caught up and competed a brilliant sliding tackle.

He is very comfortable on the ball and, unlike McCarthy, he seems to have a real intent to play and pass forward and take a risk which I also admire in him.

The final thing I liked is that he is a dirty bastard, it's been too long that we've been far too nice as a team. We've needed a player with an edge for a while now and with this guy, we've got him. He's the player that opposing fans are going to hate but if he's on your team, you'll love him!!

I just hope he turns out as good as I think he is as in my opinion, there's an absolute diamond there.

Linda Morrison
33 Posted 11/10/2014 at 16:27:51
I agree with Sandra; I saw the game on the TV and was very impressed with him. He played very easily and flowingly and put in a good few tasty tackles – a bit like Peter Reid. He needs to be given a similar role in the Villa game
Harold Matthews
34 Posted 11/10/2014 at 16:51:10
Agreed, ladies. He performs close to the edge but is a fine player who likes to make himself available. An old head on young shoulders with a big part to play in the future of Everton. Still coming to terms with the Premier League, he will not be rushed.
James Stewart
35 Posted 11/10/2014 at 17:34:55
Besic should be starting but there is no way you need Barry, McCarthy and Besic in the same team, that would be overkill. I would go with Besic and McCarthy despite what that idiot Sherwood thinks. Barry is far from our most important player.
Brent Stephens
36 Posted 11/10/2014 at 18:46:34
Love him! We're going to love him!
Mike Childs
37 Posted 11/10/2014 at 18:51:59
Unable to see the game here in the States but I am delighted to hear about Besic.
Anthony Burke
38 Posted 11/10/2014 at 21:49:41
What I've seen of Besic so far is positive bar the Chelsea game. This lad has something to offer, he will turn some heads and make people take notice. He has the potential to become one of the best midfielders in the Premier League – although he needs much needed game time .
Ernie Baywood
39 Posted 12/10/2014 at 00:08:13
Decent mess of opinions regarding the Baines history. He didn't go straight into the team. And Moyes didn't hold him back in favour of Valente or Naysmith.

Lescott was on fire but never looked as assured at CB when he was moved there to accommodate Baines – and we seemed to struggle defensively when we brought Baines into the back four. Not so much because of Baines but just the way that our settled back four fitted together. Moyes said himself that Baines was the best left back at the club well before he made the position his own... You just have to think of the team before the individual.

So no stick to beat Moyes with. I think he made some very good decisions at that time and ultimately integrated Baines into the team very well.

Steve Jenkins
40 Posted 12/10/2014 at 10:30:14
I was delighted when we signed the lad and I think he’s going to become one of the best midfielders in the Prem and a snip at ٢M.

Him and Barkley in the same midfield together is something to really build around.

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