Besic pining for return to action

Thursday 13 October 2016  24 Comments  [Jump to last]
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As his rehabilitation from surgery continues, Muhamed Besic can't wait to get back into a royal blue jersey and play in front of Everton's fans again.

The Bosnia-Herzegovina international is currently sidelined after what is believed to have been a ruptured cruciate knee ligament sustained during pre-season and he isn't expected to be fit again until February at the earliest.

He has been posting messages to his followers on social media, however, keeping them abreast of his progress, including one from last month announcing that he is now able to walk freely without the need for crutches.

Besic's latest Twitter post reveals some of the frustration that goes with a long-term injury of this type, however. In it he expresses how much he misses both playing and the passion of Evertonians who took him to their hearts following his spirited and committed performances on the back of his arrival in the summer of 2014.

This isn't the first time the former Ferencvaros player has had to bide his time on the treatment table and then the gym. Besic's time at Goodison has been regularly interrupted by injury, including hamstring problems last season that restricted him to just seven starts.

He looked to be progressing nicely in pre-season this summer, with his hunger to succeed evident in his first goal for the Blues — albeit in a friendly at MK Dons — before he was struck down with the ACL injury during Wayne Rooney's testimonial at Old Trafford in early August.  

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Brian Porter
1 Posted 13/10/2016 at 23:38:19
Good luck and hope to see you in an Everton shirt again soon, Mo.
Minik Hansen
2 Posted 13/10/2016 at 23:52:16
My favourite yet-to-see-the-best-of player.
Teddy Bertin
3 Posted 13/10/2016 at 00:02:04
Can't wait to have this man back. Some flashes of the passing capability I've seen from him makes me think he could be one of the best all-round midfielders that we've had in years but not had the chance to do it regularly yet.

Hope he comes back stronger.

Tony Hill
4 Posted 14/10/2016 at 00:10:00
I agree, Teddy, though many here don't. The problem is that he simply never stays fit and I fear that next time – assuming he makes a sufficient recovery – may be his last chance.
Andrew Presly
5 Posted 14/10/2016 at 00:42:33
Loved his performance in the first leg of the League Cup semi-final last season, ran the show under the Goodison lights.

Martinez doesn't have much of a legacy but he kept going on about "footballing arrogance". That was displayed in abundance that night amidst a centre mid including Silva, Yaya & De Bruyne.

He's got something. Come back stronger, Mo, but we're looking at you being a Gueye back-up currently. You should have more than Jimmy Mac but need to prove it.

Mike Gaynes
7 Posted 14/10/2016 at 04:29:03
Wishing Besic a swift recovery and the best of luck wherever he plays next. Not here.

I've never understood the TW pining for this player when he's out, which is always. Yes, he has a biting tackle. He also can't pass a lick (see Gueye for a comparison), can't shoot, can't mark a light post and collects yellows like kids used to collect stamps.

Here's betting that he never sees the field for us again, not with Barry, Gueye, Macca and Davies all deservedly in front of him.

Ian Herbert
8 Posted 14/10/2016 at 04:45:56
Sorry Mike Gaynes, I totally disagree with your comments. I think Koeman liked the little he saw of Besic and will use him regularly once fit. That's judging by the comments Koeman has already made on Besic prior to the injury. We have yet to see the best of Besic and his style is well suited to the pressing game our new manager is seeking to implement. Unlike Barry who hasn't the pace, or legs, to play this way for a full season.

I like McCarthy too but he is most definitely not better than Besic. Here's wishing Besic a swift recovery, an injury-free run in the team and the chance to truly prove all the doubters wrong.
Paul Setter
9 Posted 14/10/2016 at 06:46:31
Mike Gaynes (#7), what exactly has James McCarthy done that makes him deserving of a place before Besic? Answer: nothing...

Both players for me aren't good enough but Besic offers a bit of steel to the midfield. McCarthy should still be at Wigan, there is more talent in Henderson's chin than this wage thief and that says it all.

Paul Conway
10 Posted 14/10/2016 at 08:51:36
Another great 'on his day' player!

Alas, through injury or failing to 'turn up', those days are far and few!

Eddie Dunn
11 Posted 14/10/2016 at 10:24:48
For me, the boy has lots to offer. I have seen him hit some lovely passes, he tackles, he presses; him and Gueye in the midfield would be a maelstrom. He just needs to slightly temper his enthusiasm and perhaps he would not pull up with these injuries.
Dave Pritchard
12 Posted 14/10/2016 at 10:34:38
The jury is out for me and will remain out until he gets himself fit for more than a few weeks. Then we need to see some consistency with his play. I'm still not sure where he should play and he has been used as a bit of a 'plug the gap' player in the past which does him no favours.

Certainly not writing him off but he has a very long way to go before he can be held in the high regard that some people do.

Eugene Ruane
13 Posted 14/10/2016 at 10:57:01
He needs to get (fully) fit, then get a decent run in the side so we can have a look.

My guess is there's a decent player there but I don't really know – just haven't seen enough.

i can imagine it's all very frustrating for him.

Ken Buckley
14 Posted 14/10/2016 at 11:22:10
I think the lad's biggest problem is that he is rarely available for selection.

I wish him well.

John Malone
15 Posted 14/10/2016 at 12:05:21
How can you not love Mo and wish him a speedy recovery?

The lad is a raw diamond, massive heart who's fearless in the tackle and has bags of energy as well as a fair bit of ability to boot! I feel sorry for him with the bad luck he has had with injuries!

In Martinez's second year when Barry was struggling with the amount of games, Mo came in and was a shining light in the middle of the park. He ran the midfield, won everything... the only thing he lacked was that bit of class and composure when attacking!

I think a 4-1-2-3 with Barry sitting and him and Gueye patrolling and pressing would be a force!

Frank Crewe
16 Posted 14/10/2016 at 12:18:42
Will we ever see the best of this player or is he another Gibson? He's spent more time injured than he has playing. So far he's only made 35 appearances since he signed in July 2014. Most of those as a sub.

Now his contract is to 2021. So he's with us for another five years so, unless we want to be lumbered with yet another denizen of the physio's room he needs to get fit, stay fit, and start showing what he has to offer.

Les Green
17 Posted 14/10/2016 at 16:10:52
Eddie (#11) has it on the head there. I think Mo and Gana could turn the pressing game into a perpetual motion thing.
Michael Kenrick
18 Posted 14/10/2016 at 16:38:31
Frank, that appearance record is truly shocking considering the promise he came to Everton with after impressing in the World Cup. I like him as a player, but I'm left wondering if his style of play and tremendous enthusiasm contribute to such a poor injury record?

It's a pity as the pressing game means more running around, more twisting and turning, more diving in... if he does return in February and gets selected to play, you've got to wonder how many more appearances he'll get in before he's injured yet again.

Uh-oh... negative thinking alert!

Alan Bodell
19 Posted 14/10/2016 at 18:30:59
I really like this lad; he's not had a chance to show it for us but I saw him several times play for Bosnia against good opposition and he more than held his own.

I'd play him before McCarthy anytime when fit.

Mike Gaynes
20 Posted 14/10/2016 at 20:20:00
I can't imagine how anyone here could have seen Besic "run the midfield"... his passing is pedestrian at best, certainly nothing remotely comparable to the brilliance of Gueye (who is showing himself to be one of the most accurate in the Premier League) and Barry. He's as close to a zero offensively as any midfielder we have.

It's certainly possible that, given the opportunity, he could prove himself to be a worthy successor to Barry. But I doubt it, and personally I'd rather see Davies get that opportunity than Besic. In my view, he has far more potential to be a truly top player.

Trevor Peers
21 Posted 15/10/2016 at 08:49:56
This seems to be a recurring modern Everton story. He's another Gibson in the making, not half as good by the way.

Something's very wrong when players with continuous injury problems are kept on the payroll, do we never learn?

Jim Potter
22 Posted 15/10/2016 at 09:53:13
I love Mo's attitude but, when it comes down to great performances or stand out games, I can only recall one. Gueye already has quite a few under his belt.

I wish him a speedy and full recovery but think his playing time with us may be limited.

Peter Gorman
23 Posted 15/10/2016 at 17:14:20
Sorry, Mike, but Mo ran the midfield in that game against Man City (already mentioned) and made Yahya Toure look very ordinary. It doesn't make sense to rubbish his abilities as you do, it is pretty blinkered of you.

The point is: the real Mo Besic has yet to stand up and injuries may ever prevent him from realising his potential.

I probably agree with you that he is behind in the pecking order now but I'll neither write him off nor hold my breath.

Mike Gaynes
24 Posted 16/10/2016 at 01:33:08
Yeah, right, Peter, I'm blinkered. By facts.

The man has scored exactly ONE goal in his entire freaking life. Six years, 150 club appearances, 26 for his country. One goal.

He's appeared 35 times for us. Has he ever even assisted on a goal? You can remember exactly one game in which he "ran the midfield." I can recall maybe twice where he impressed me with a really great pass. Contrast that with Gueye, who has already established himself as one of the top ten passers in the league.

I'd say that the real Besic has stood up and showed himself. He's a one-dimensional player, a world-class tackler and ballwinner with no real offensive element to his game. And I stand by my prediction that he's already played his last for us.

Peter Gorman
25 Posted 16/10/2016 at 05:19:23
Alright, Mike. You don't have to score goals or even assist to 'run' a midfield and that one game is significant because he showed what levels he can achieve (and he was the boss amongst some quite exalted company). Andrew and I are not alone in seeing his potential and I'd say there are other games too, though as many where he has failed to hit the right notes.

I certainly agree that he is not anywhere near the level of Gueye, who has impressed us all I think. The point is, well, we don't know if he can be. Like you, I'd probably also like to see young Davies be the backup for Gueye so we'll have to wait and see if Besic has a future at the club or not. I understand the scepticism but, for me, just too early to write him off without giving Koeman time to work on the lad.

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