Besic out until the New Year

5 August  68 Comments  [Jump to last]
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Updated Muhamed Besic looks set to be sidelined for at least six months with the knee injury he sustained on Wednesday.

The midfielder had to be withdrawn from the friendly against Manchester United at Old Trafford with a knee injury just 10 minutes after coming on as a substitute.

Scans have revealed serious damage to the cruciate knee ligament and he will likely be ruled out until February next year at the earliest.

It's another setback for the combative Bosnia-Herzegovina international whose two-year career at Goodison Park has been dogged by hamstring complaints.

Besic was keyed up for the new season and eager to impress new manager Ronald Koeman after scoring in the warm-up match at MK Dons last month. "I spoke with Muhamed," his father Meho told "He was disappointed and just crushed because of the injury.

"He had good began preparations, but unfortunately no luck. I believe it will recover soon, God willing."

Besic himself tweeted that he was devastated by the news and manager Ronald Koeman echoed the player disappointment in an interview with evertontv.

"Yeah, it's very bad news," Koeman said. "It's his knee, his [cruciate], and that's really very disappointing, first of all for the boy himself because knee surgery [means] at least six months and the boy was doing very well.

"He was really committed to fight for his place on the team. On the other hand, he is a positive boy and he's still young. It's a step backwards that you don't want for any football player. I told him, he will get all the support from the manager."  

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Anthony Hughes
1 Posted 05/08/2016 at 07:10:41
A shame for this to happen but we do seem to have plenty of cover in midfield.
Timothy Blanshard
2 Posted 05/08/2016 at 07:11:47
I like him but it's time for me to accept he's a total utter sick note. I wish him well and a speedy recovery, however once he has returned to full fitness I would move him on, his legs are made from egg shells.
Laurie Hartley
3 Posted 05/08/2016 at 07:11:47
This is terrible news for Mo. We can only hope he makes a swift and strong recovery.
David Chait
4 Posted 05/08/2016 at 07:23:09
Really thought this was his year! Not sure how many more opportunities he will get as the club might just move past him now. The amount I talk about this guy to anyone that will listen... had massive hopes this season... I'm sure he wont give up and will fight to come back stronger!
Bobby Thomas
5 Posted 05/08/2016 at 07:23:13
No great loss to be honest. Hasn't contributed much since arriving.
Graham Pearce
6 Posted 05/08/2016 at 07:23:59
Timothy Blanchard, what a load of rubbish, hamstring issues are hardly the same as a cruciate knee injury sustained in collision. Sick note... you're having a laugh, pure bad fortune and he'll come back and give us a boost in January.
Thomas Surgenor
7 Posted 05/08/2016 at 07:41:03
Gutted for the lad.
Love his style and passion. Just wish he would get a decent run without injuries.
All action and looks for a forward pass.

Hope so see you back soon Mo and that all isn't as bad as first seems!

Kevin Rowlands
8 Posted 05/08/2016 at 07:48:50
Damn, really thought he would be a top player for us, the new Bosnian Gibson comes to mind. If this story is true I doubt we'll see him till next pre season, get well soon Mo.
Paul Smith
9 Posted 05/08/2016 at 07:50:54
Feel for him but like Bobby says no great loss.
Denver Daniels
10 Posted 05/08/2016 at 07:55:49
What a pity. Was hoping he could become a mainstay this season. All the best, Mo.
Colin Glassar
11 Posted 05/08/2016 at 07:56:35
Very sad for Mo but he seems to have some serious physical weaknesses. I had high hopes for the lad but like so many players his body doesn't seem to be able to cope.
Duncan McDine
12 Posted 05/08/2016 at 08:08:54
Serious injuries are just a normal part of modern football. Is it my imagination, or did this not really happen 50+ years ago?

You'd think with all the sport-science these days that injuries were less common. All I can think is that their bodies are being pushed too far these days.

Ciarán McGlone
13 Posted 05/08/2016 at 08:09:24
For me he's our best defensive midfielder. can pass, can dribble, can tackle. Shame
Nick Armitage
14 Posted 05/08/2016 at 08:20:07
His father is called Meho? I reckon Mo is Darren Anderton's lovechild. Bad crock, I can't see him coming back from this.
Daniel Joseph
15 Posted 05/08/2016 at 08:25:31
Does he have to apply for SSP?
Phil Walling
16 Posted 05/08/2016 at 08:28:49
We said that about Gibbo, Nick and now he's re-born. For pre-season, anyway !
Kevin Rowlands
17 Posted 05/08/2016 at 08:30:14
He just tweeted confirmation, out 6 months and that he's devastated, real shame for the lad.
Jon Withey
18 Posted 05/08/2016 at 08:44:46
Feel that we have barely seen what he can do - I was looking forward to watching him this season.

Seems he can't play like he wants to without breaking.

Mick Quirke
19 Posted 05/08/2016 at 08:45:18
Committing a foul on an opponent in a friendly! Sums him up, all adrenaline, no brain.
Craig Walker
20 Posted 05/08/2016 at 08:54:16
Another one who will never reach his potential at Everton.
Paul Olsen
21 Posted 05/08/2016 at 08:56:05
Sorry for him, but he is James Vaughan with another name.

Time to face the facts that he won't be able to get fit and shift him on home to Bosnia, sadly. Years of Development lost through all his injuries, which is a shame as he looked promising at one point.

Dave Abrahams
22 Posted 05/08/2016 at 09:05:09
So sad getting another injury so early in the season, hope you make it back, you've got plenty of potential.You are getting plenty of "good luck" messages on here, you'd think the lad got injured on purpose.
Anthony Dwyer
23 Posted 05/08/2016 at 09:08:14
Real shame for Mo this, seems to be a constant theme with him though.
Tony J Williams
25 Posted 05/08/2016 at 09:23:56
I really wanted him to come through this year.

The only one last season who looked like he wanted to play and did so.

I've said it many times on here but we failed to get to the final of the final of the Carling Cup the second he went off at Swansea.

He was immense in that first leg.

A lot of the injuries last season, I feel, were down to lack of fitness. Mostly hammys going. Only one place to point the finger there!

Brian Williams
26 Posted 05/08/2016 at 09:42:38
Feel for the lad. You can see how much he wants to play and do well. Shame others don't put as much feeling into their football.
As I recall from watching the game it was an innocuous challenge, not a foul at all, and anyone who knows anything about football knows that you're more likely to get injured going in for a challenge halfheartedly rather than with your full impetus and weight behind it. Having said that it didn't turn out that way for Besic.
For the club it means we're back to square one with outfield incomings as we've simply replaced one defensive midfielder with another!
When will things look up for us?
James Marshall
27 Posted 05/08/2016 at 09:45:19
It's obviously a shame, and you have to feel for him, but as others have said, will we miss him? Not really - he hasn't ever contributed much, and never been a regular.

Bit part player sadly.

Michael Penley
28 Posted 05/08/2016 at 09:50:43
Why hasn't he bulked up since he arrived? He looks like a stick figure in that photo. Surely we have fitness experts at the club who can build his muscles up so he doesn't get injured all the time?
Kim Vivian
29 Posted 05/08/2016 at 09:54:19
Feel bad about this for Mo.

I really like Besic ever since researching him when we were first connected. He has shown some great signs (the Man City s/final 1st leg at Goodison which I was fortunate enough to get to along springs to mind). Sure, he has had some pretty lacklustre showings and made errors like all sportsmen, but if he can get and stay fit he could be a rock for Everton.

Patrick Murphy
30 Posted 05/08/2016 at 10:03:40
I feel very sorry for Mo both as an individual and as an Everton player, but to be honest I haven't seen much from him that sets him up as a special player or one that Everton could build a team around. Obviously his unfortunate knack of picking up injuries just as he appears to be making progress hasn't helped any of us to form a proper impression of what he may offer. We can only hope that he comes back stronger when he regains full fitness.

The silver lining, if that's not being too insensitive towards the Bosnian, for us and the club may be that Davies may get more game time than had been anticipated in the upcoming season, and whilst it's very early days in his fledgling career he is a player that does excite me and one who could play a prominent role in Everton FC's fortunes in the months and years to come.

Jack Convery
31 Posted 05/08/2016 at 10:04:04
I like him and am gutted for him.

Knowing his attitude he will be back before 6 months.

Good luck with the rehabiliation Mo.

Tim Sharpe
32 Posted 05/08/2016 at 10:08:10
Michael @28

He needs to be stronger, but Barkley has bulked up a fair amount, and I think it's impeded him. He has lost a bit of his pace and nimbleness.

We need a Terrier as well as a Bulldog in the team, the little nippy, yappy dogs have a bite as well...

David Connor
33 Posted 05/08/2016 at 10:08:57
What an absolute crock this lad has turned out to be. Our curse has struck even before the season's bloody started. He will never be fully fit, it seems, and no chance of off-loading him. It would be worth giving him away on a free just to save on wages alone.

A clean break is needed for both player and club I think. I can't see him being anything more than a bit-part player, which is a shame, as I thought the lad was going to be a really top player for us. I can't see that happening now. Shame.

Tony Hill
34 Posted 05/08/2016 at 10:26:27
A shame. I am a fan of his, but I am afraid I agree with those who now query his physical resilience. He simply picks up injuries too often for it to be bad luck.

Hope he comes back properly to us, though not holding my breath.

Phil Walling
35 Posted 05/08/2016 at 10:27:41
Patrick, like you and many more, I am already a Davies fan and hope that unlike so many youngsters before him, the pre-season games will not be the limit of his experience at top level.

However, it seems more likely that Idrisa Gueye will fill the gap left by Mo's unfortunate long term absence as he is seen as much more of a defensive midfielder than the youngster.

Indeed, in snapping up the Villa man, RK seems to have demonstrated evidence of clairvoyance. What a rare gift in a manager !

Steve Smith
36 Posted 05/08/2016 at 10:33:48
One of the few players we have who can get our sleepy, apathetic crowd on their feet and making some noise. A big miss for me, hope he gets well soon.
Paul Conway
37 Posted 05/08/2016 at 10:35:27
Shame, some players are prone to injuries that leave them sidelined for a few weeks: hamstring, Achilles, etc. Besic seems to get involved in near carnage!

Although it was only a friendly, he was probably over-eager to impress The Boss. Hope he comes back stronger.

John Audsley
38 Posted 05/08/2016 at 11:06:43
Gutted for him and us.

One of the few players last year to have any fight, spirit or heart.

Teddy Bertin
39 Posted 05/08/2016 at 11:43:32
Looks like it might never happen for this lad. Real shame. Great potential

Often happens to passionate players who throw themselves around though

Good luck Mo. Get back soon

Michael Polley
40 Posted 05/08/2016 at 11:58:27
He has spirit but his body sadly didn't match it.
Terence Tyler
41 Posted 05/08/2016 at 11:59:58
Just don't get the adulation some fans give this player. I don't rate him all that much. Apart from the occasional decent pass, I feel he is a championship player at best. He is rash and reckless in some tackles. Should he ever be fit enough to be a regular starter, he would cost us an important game via a red card. Cast your mind back to the arsenal game at the tail end of last season, I have never seen a player so far of the pace in a game befor. He had a hand in both arsenal goals in the first half. In fact it was one of the only occasions Martinez acted decisively with a substitution by taking him off at half time. Time to get over him now. time to move on , will go down as another one of Martinez flops another one on the gravy train, with a good contract who will be released or sold on cheaply in a couple of years time. Assuming he is fit by then .
Tony J Williams
42 Posted 05/08/2016 at 12:17:47
I hope you are wrong Terence.

I think he will be a big player for us when he gets fit.

Last season was a farce, the whole squad looked unfit, what with Berkley lending Kevin Campbell's arse and Deulofeu looking like he had a 60 a day habbit after less than 10 minutes running up the line.

Everyones hammys last season seemed to be made of tissue.

How many times under Moyes did Coleman's hammy go? or Jags? or Baines? or Dizzys? See what I am getting at?

The man was too concerned about getting the players passing pretty then getting them fit, that's why we conceded so many late goals and had a load of hamstring injuries.

He had the driver, the passion and most of the skill required to go far, he just needs to get fit and have a tiny bit of luck, methinks

Amit Vithlani
43 Posted 05/08/2016 at 12:22:43
Real shame. Wish him a good recovery and hope Mo comes back stronger than before.

I am still hopeful he will have an excellent career at Goodison and have not written him off just yet.

Tom Davies, Barry, McCarthy, Gibson, Gueye provide sufficient cover as others have said. Given Gibson's injury record and Davies' youth, Barry, McCarthy and Gueye would now be the ones I expect to see featuring the most during Mo's injury.

Denis Richardson
44 Posted 05/08/2016 at 12:23:46
Shame for the lad but to be honest I've had my doubts for a while as to whether he's good enough for a regular place. He'll now miss most of this season so that'll be three years with us without having been a regular.

As for the squad, CDM is the one area where we're overloaded but it may now mean we don't get rid of anyone this window. Shame for Mo but no real loss for the squad imo.

Bobby Thomas
45 Posted 05/08/2016 at 12:29:39
Charging around like a nugget with no brain and beating the floor in faux machismo frustration having conceded a free kick is enough to get the crowd liking you sometimes. Something I find absurd given his physique.

He gained kudos for bouncing around the place and occasional hard man act as our abysmally organised side was so easy to play against in the last 2 seasons. Note that despite the number of bodies that can play holding in our squad Koeman has signed a pressing holding player. Says it all.

He's a decent passer, but nothing special on that score. Doesn't exactly read the game great. Lacks mobility. He's full of youthful enthusiasm. Bang average, squad man written all over him.

Our midfield is rubbish and needs sorting big time.

Jay Wood
46 Posted 05/08/2016 at 12:33:42
Saddened for the lad, but whilst we have seen enticing glimpses that he could be 'a player,' he has mostly flattered to deceive.

His very first touch in an Everton shirt in a pre-season friendly was a 'wow' moment. A neat drag back and lay off that instantly turned the game from defence to attack.

Then his first touch as a sub in the PL was a foolish and failed back flicked pass that totally exposed the defence and resulted in a Chelsea goal that finally killed off any resistance in that crazy 6-3 emotional roller coaster.

There have been games in which he looks to be exactly the kind of player this team needs - a bolshy, in yer face type with the skill and ability to back it up, like the cup semi at GP with City. There are other games when he has been totally inept, as in the league game with the Arse last season when his performance was as woeful as anything I've ever seen from an Everton midfielder.

For such a combative player, he is very easily injured from seemingly innocuous situations and laid up for long periods.

Taken as a whole, I think the adulation and belief in his abilities by some is overstated. I would love him to come good and realise the tantalising talent he shows (all too rarely),

The evidence to date suggests it just ain't gonna happen for the boy.

Gordon Crawford
47 Posted 05/08/2016 at 12:35:03
That's heartbreaking for the lad. He never seem's to get a break. Think he could be a big loss. I was hoping that this would be the season he shines. I hope he recovers fast.
Terence Tyler
48 Posted 05/08/2016 at 12:35:22
Spot on Bobby@45. Time for some of our supporters to stop pinning their hope on such an ordinary player. I believe the new boy Gueye will get some minutes in the friendly at home tomorrow. Something tells me i will be watching a far better player than Besic at that match
Julian Exshaw
49 Posted 05/08/2016 at 15:48:01
Really gutted for Mo. He's had no luck whatsoever since he came to us. Some people here are questioning whether he is really a big loss. I think he is. First of all, he is a fighter, appears to love Everton and wears his heart on his sleeve. I remember he came on as a sub against Spurs last January when they had been been all over us. Mo came on and was outstanding. He showed this form in subsequent matches until yet another knee injury. Initial worries were over his discipline but as RK says, he is only 23 and he will improve. Good luck to him and a speedy recovery!
Mark Boulle
50 Posted 05/08/2016 at 15:54:55
Unlucky Mo. I do like the look of him as a player, but really from what little we've had the chance to see, more for his ability to pick a decent forward pass than his defensive qualities!

Meanwhile, another day and week goes by with precious little progress on the transfer front. Yes we've added Idrissa, but more reinforcements are urgently required, regardless of any sales!

A bid of £10m for Williams was knocked back on Tuesday. It's now Friday ffs! If we want him and are prepared to pay more for him, why has an increased offer not yet (seemingly) been submitted? I just hate the way working days drift by with no tangible activity, or at least no tangible activity to distract me from my day job!

Stewart Lowe
51 Posted 05/08/2016 at 15:58:34
Very sad for the player as he never got going in the 18 months since he joined us.

Unfortunately there is a very long list of players that although very skillful, probably don't possess the physical attributes to consistently remain at the top of the game.

Darren Gibson, Muhamed Besic, Andy Carroll, Dean Ashton, Duncan Ferguson, Michael Owen, Owen Hargreaves, Ledley King, Darren Anderton, Jack Wilshire, Ox Chamberlain, Jonathan Woodgate, Wes Brown, Jack Rodwell.

To name just a few.

Stewart Lowe
52 Posted 05/08/2016 at 16:06:36

And I'm only laying out my transfer preferences on this page because there isn't a better one :)

Lukaku: £68m
Stones: £45m
Kone: £1m
Oviedo: £5m
McGeady: Free
Jobles: £6m

Total in: £125

Ashley Williams: £13m
Wilfred Bony: £24m
Javier Hernandez: £25m
Islam Slimani: £24m
Andrey Yarmolenko: £25m
Timo Horn: £10m
Julian Draxler: £60m

Total Out: £181m

Thoughts please?

James Stewart
53 Posted 05/08/2016 at 16:12:22
Bony - no thanks! Slow and poor finishing baffled by so many blues wanting him.

Yarmolenko - no thanks.

Draxler - not worth that kind of money. You could get Hamsik for less than that.

Wouldn't have a problem with the rest.

Jay Harris
54 Posted 05/08/2016 at 16:13:08
Sometimes I feel ashamed to be a blue.

The lad has just had a devastating injury and instead of wishing the lad a speedy recovery some people are knocking the lad and questioning his suitability.

Come on you are better than that.

Get well soon Mo.

Tony J Williams
55 Posted 05/08/2016 at 16:24:43
Thoughts Stewart?

The first one was, "who the fuck is going to pay us £1m for Kone?"

Second one was, could we pay someone £1m to take him and Niasse off our hands?

Tom Barton
56 Posted 05/08/2016 at 17:35:56
Have to agree with Jay @ 54, opinions in football are often divided, fair enough, having a dig at players with potential and who show they WANT to be a blue is just not helpful, they should be encouraged, not slagged off.

Before you have a go, the only reason for the high level of injuries was because of the ignorant twat that pretended to be a manager, this problem will be reduced because Ron and his team actually know what they are doing.

Once players reach full fitness, acheived in the correct manner, there will be a number of players that will come good again.
Graham Hammond
57 Posted 05/08/2016 at 17:48:12
Really bad, disappointing news. Really like Mo Besic as a player and had hoped he would put his injury niggles behind him this season and kick on and get more game time. Seems this is a serious injury though this time.

This news further increases the possibility that James McCarthy will make our starting eleven which for me is not good! Not happy.

Jay Harris (54) spot on mate.

Wish you a speedy recovery Mo.

James Watts
58 Posted 05/08/2016 at 17:54:09
Real shame. I think/hope he could have gone on leaps and bounds under Koeman this season with regular football. Hope he comes back strong in the last third of the season. Get well soon Mo-man!
James Watts
59 Posted 05/08/2016 at 17:56:54
It will never happen Stewart (52). It's taken us 5 weeks to sign 2 players, how the hell do you expect us to sign and sell that many?!?
Raymond Fox
60 Posted 05/08/2016 at 19:28:06
Feel sorry for the lad, like many I feel there's a decent player in there somewhere.
He does manage to get injured in all sorts of ways though, what with him and Gibson in the squad, are they a luxury we can afford.

Remember last year, every injury that occurred was Martinez fault because the players where so called not fit.
It was a load of cobblers, players get injured very easily nowadays, don't ask me why, it just seems so towards 30-40 years ago, and that was playing with a heavy leather ball, ankle deep in mud.

Maybe their over trained now!

Mark Ryan
61 Posted 05/08/2016 at 21:04:39
Gutstted for Mo. Best of luck for a speedy recovery. On another thread, Sissoko has been left out of Newcastles team tonight ?
Lev Vellene
62 Posted 05/08/2016 at 21:15:29
He gave his all, every game I ever saw.
Mark Ryan
63 Posted 05/08/2016 at 21:37:33
We were linked with Sissoko a few weeks ago and just wonder if this is why he has been left out tonight. Nowt in the press but I'd be happy to see us sign him. Wait and see I guess.
Andy Meighan
64 Posted 06/08/2016 at 03:50:16
Obviously feel for the lad. Its a long time out. But. Hes never going to be a big player for us . Ever. Just another who had smoke blew up his arse by the former cretin of a manager. And has shown nothing apart from one performance in the semi 1st leg against city and didnt he come on as sub that night. To justify them words by Martinez. Sorry but wont be missed and I think koeman himself knows this

James Wong
65 Posted 06/08/2016 at 05:51:37
Anytime someone has recurring hamstring injuries, its a huge red flag. And its always knees that get done next.

Besic is a great player, but it looks like another Gibson. Need to wrap him up in cotton wool until he gets at least six months of playing time.

Michael Farrelly
66 Posted 06/08/2016 at 06:00:26
Yep as stated previously he should have been sold off during the off-season. We are stuck with him now paying wages and getting nothing for it as we have been for most of his Everton career. Sorry this is a business after all if we are serious about going hammer and tong with the Rupert's elite 4 or 5 we have to get a little ruthless ourselves. I guess the big question now is how long will it be before Gibson joins him in the long term re-hab unit!
Eddie Dunn
67 Posted 06/08/2016 at 08:23:54
Poor Mo, he seems to pull-up with injuries early in games. Perhaps his muscles and soft tissues take longer to fully warm-up? Maybe he just wants to go from 0-60 far too quickly.
If he can get over his physical weaknesses he could be a fine player, he still has time, but it must be a worry.
Damian Wilde
68 Posted 06/08/2016 at 13:00:46
He must be devestated, poor lad. How about some empathy on here, rather than 'no loss', etc.
William Cartwright
69 Posted 07/08/2016 at 13:45:42
Excellent point, Damian. Get well soon, Mr Besic ,and keep positive!

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