Signed in August 2014 after an impressive World Cup in Brazil, the Bosnia-Herzegovina international has become a fan favourite in his short time at the club.
Roberto Martinez had planned to ease Besic into life in the Premier League so he could make the transition from the Hungarian league where he played for Ferencvaros but injury to James McCarthy in 2014-15 meant that the combative midfielder ended up making 31 appearances in all competitions.
Stronger, fitter and better adjusted to the English game, Besic was ready to push on this season and become a more regular member of the starting XI but a hamstring injury at the start of pre-season sidelined him for a good part of the first half of the campaign and has been out of action since the third week of January with the same injury in his other leg.
Nevertheless, he was named the club's player of the month for January and his new deal, that ties him to Everton until the summer of 2021, is an illustration of Martinez's belief in his importance to the team.
Speaking of the 23-year-old at the team's mid-season training camp in Dubai last week, the manager said that Besic “is going to have a big say from now until the end of the season”.
The player himself, whose original terms were due to expire in 2019, expressed his delight at extending his contract by another two years, saying:
You have always been my family, and my heart shines blue! Thx you for all your support and see you soon on the field pic.twitter.com/7E9rYKIyZB— MoBesic (@Mo_Besic) February 29, 2016
“I’m really happy to have signed a new contract with a club such as Everton. After a year and a half with the Club, it makes me proud that they have given me a new deal.
“When I first arrived here it was difficult for me, but now I feel at home. The supporters, as well as the manager, the staff and my teammates, have all made me welcome at the Club and I feel really happy.
“It was very easy when I heard about it. It was clear that I wanted to stay and sign the new contract.
“When people look at my game, before and now, I think I have improved a lot in many different areas. But, like you have seen, I am still adapting to the league and I will continue to work hard and give my best.
“We always speak about things we want to achieve, Europe and other things. We have to show it on the pitch and do it. The next 12 games and also Chelsea in the FA Cup, I hope we can do our speaking on the pitch.”
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1 Posted 29/02/2016 at 19:34:23
2 Posted 29/02/2016 at 19:36:33
Next up: John Stones!!!
3 Posted 29/02/2016 at 19:40:35
4 Posted 29/02/2016 at 19:40:51
5 Posted 29/02/2016 at 19:41:34
Delighted that Mo is certain to be part of what really could be a very bright Evertonian future.
I really like this lads style. For me to even mention Peter Reid (one of my real idols) says what I think he has on offer.
Reidy had to overcome a string of pretty serious injuries before he even arrived at GP. So far, Mo has been unlucky with "setback injuries" depriving him of a sustained run, but it will happen and we'll be so much the stronger for it.
6 Posted 29/02/2016 at 19:47:25
Like Michael said - Stones next please and Barkley on a new long deal (can we buy out Del Boys clause too?)
7 Posted 29/02/2016 at 19:51:14
8 Posted 29/02/2016 at 19:52:37
This lad is the result.
Great signing from Martinez.
9 Posted 29/02/2016 at 19:53:48
10 Posted 29/02/2016 at 20:00:05
11 Posted 29/02/2016 at 20:00:09
12 Posted 29/02/2016 at 20:18:09
1) Tomorrow the club will announce Usmanov has bought 50.1% and a new stadium will be built within 3 years!
2) Wednesday - Stones signs new 5 year deal
3) Thursday - Lukaku commits future to Everton
4) Friday we buy out the clause on Del Boy
5) Saturday - Yarmolenko announced as one of 5 major new signing in the summer.
LOL - Im a blue, I'm an eternal optimist.
Fun last few days though!
13 Posted 29/02/2016 at 20:20:39
14 Posted 29/02/2016 at 20:22:39
15 Posted 29/02/2016 at 20:22:45
Since joining the club he hasn't had a time where he has been injury free. Hopefully that can be sorted out because he could become a legend. If not we could have another Darren Gibson on our hands (I'm talking about injuries of course, not in terms of talent)
16 Posted 29/02/2016 at 20:26:29
Funny how he was able to sign a guy from Argentina without leaving his desk, but he has to go to South America to sign a guy based in Europe.
Gullible just found a new level...
17 Posted 29/02/2016 at 20:29:45
He is still young, comparing Mo's injury record in the relative short time he has been here (a season and a half) to Gibson's treatment table record over his time at Everton and Manchester United is unfair.
18 Posted 29/02/2016 at 20:32:24
19 Posted 29/02/2016 at 20:32:35
20 Posted 29/02/2016 at 20:34:42
21 Posted 29/02/2016 at 20:35:58
22 Posted 29/02/2016 at 20:41:23
23 Posted 29/02/2016 at 20:43:45
24 Posted 29/02/2016 at 20:48:32
26 Posted 29/02/2016 at 20:52:09
Personally I think he will become an absolute key player and a sensational midfield player courted by the very top teams, yes I believe he can become that good.
Pleased to have him, quite a week its turning out to be!
27 Posted 29/02/2016 at 20:56:56
28 Posted 29/02/2016 at 21:16:11
29 Posted 29/02/2016 at 21:16:27
Just thinking that if he turns out to be one of those type of players who pick up injuries often then he could end up like Gibson but certainly I'm pleased that we have him.
30 Posted 29/02/2016 at 21:18:55
31 Posted 29/02/2016 at 21:19:55
32 Posted 29/02/2016 at 21:22:11
Surely Niasse will come into the left side when he's match ready so what do you do with Besic? Drop Barry or McCarthy?
I think he's a long term replacement for Barry but where and for whom would you play him for the rest of this season?
33 Posted 29/02/2016 at 21:34:26
34 Posted 29/02/2016 at 21:44:54
35 Posted 29/02/2016 at 22:07:35
Very happy, love the guys commitment to our club badge.
37 Posted 29/02/2016 at 22:57:14
38 Posted 29/02/2016 at 23:06:23
39 Posted 29/02/2016 at 23:23:32
40 Posted 29/02/2016 at 23:32:16
41 Posted 29/02/2016 at 23:36:20
42 Posted 29/02/2016 at 23:41:01
43 Posted 29/02/2016 at 23:42:48
44 Posted 29/02/2016 at 23:50:27
Oh no, not another gloom merchant on 'ere! Well, good news the last week has lifted spirits but can't hide the fact of how utterly garbage this season has been up to now.
For the record, Besic has played 23 times last season *wiki and six times this. He hasn't always been injured, it's the man at the helm's lack of desire to play him on occasions. Last year granted, was his first season and so bedding in.
I just realised writing this that it is the utter shite that Bobby talks, which is one of his major flaws. It wouldn't be half as bad if he shut up half the time and spoke more sense the other half.
The reason a lot of folk on here moan is because there is good reason too, most of the time. Let's see what tonight's game brings.
45 Posted 29/02/2016 at 23:54:34
Mo has come alive this season, looking like he is ready to take games by the scruff of the neck. Only injury has stopped him from being one of the big story's of the season.
Next season will be a big one for Mo, and has to be an even bigger one for Martinez or he will be out on his ear I'd imagine.
46 Posted 29/02/2016 at 23:59:44
47 Posted 01/03/2016 at 00:01:33
48 Posted 01/03/2016 at 00:08:36
49 Posted 01/03/2016 at 00:10:05
50 Posted 01/03/2016 at 00:21:27
51 Posted 01/03/2016 at 00:28:49
52 Posted 01/03/2016 at 00:37:18
For a response to that please see
Peter Carpenter @44
53 Posted 01/03/2016 at 01:27:46
54 Posted 01/03/2016 at 06:11:39
55 Posted 01/03/2016 at 07:20:16
56 Posted 01/03/2016 at 08:11:35
Silly comment, Peter (#45) followed by a equally silly comment at #47... you are on fire!
57 Posted 01/03/2016 at 09:25:15
58 Posted 01/03/2016 at 09:50:32
Benteke is a proven Premier League striker and will return to form once a team uses him correctly.
Whilst I would not swap him for Rom, I would take him on a cut price as a replacement.
£20m I think (£22m tops) would most probably seal it, Rom would fetch us closer to £50m.
I'd tell any RedShite that Benteke is a yard dog, but truth is anyone who has a memory that spans past the last few months will remember a dangerous striker.
59 Posted 01/03/2016 at 10:12:22
60 Posted 01/03/2016 at 10:16:32
His playing style is similar to an old-fashioned wing-half, winning the ball and moving the ball forward. He definitely adds something to the team but we need to see more of him on the pitch.
61 Posted 01/03/2016 at 10:18:17
62 Posted 01/03/2016 at 10:24:47
Why not let McCarthy play behind both Besic and Barkley. Just by changing the point of this triangle, we would become more attack-minded right away.
63 Posted 01/03/2016 at 12:43:28
If he can stay injury free, I can see him making a big contribution to the team over he next few years, particularly as Gareth Barry will inevitably have to step back his game time as we move into next season.
Good planning from the club, and a great decision from Mo himself.
64 Posted 01/03/2016 at 12:54:41
His last deal was until 2019 as it is, was a new contract really needed after signing just 18 months ago? Same thing happened with McCarthy and I'm reading about another new contract to be offered to Stones even though he only signed his latest one last season!
Seems to be a new norm to give players a massive pay cheque every 18-24 months, on top of their salaries and other bonuses, in the form of a new contract (which already have automatic pay rises factored in...).
I guess this is just the way the Premier League is at the moment and all the agents know there is a tsunami of money coming over the horizon.
Anyway, glad he's still with us and hope he finally gets a long injury free run in the side. I assume he'll take over from Barry next season could even be future captain as he's the only player we have who seems to have any bite.
66 Posted 01/03/2016 at 15:46:38
I think the RS bought him for 20 mil so if we were to take a chance it would be a lot lower giving his form since that move. I'd much rather have Shane Long tbh... I think, if we could keep Rom, Shane Long would be a ideal partner for him.
I think I was a bit biased against Peter's comments after he said the thought one of my favourite players (Besic) was rubbish.
67 Posted 01/03/2016 at 16:09:41
68 Posted 01/03/2016 at 16:22:35
69 Posted 01/03/2016 at 21:26:05
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