Boro reportedly in talks over Besic

Monday, 29 January, 2018 47comments  |  Jump to most recent

Middlesbrough are said to be trying to negotiate a loan deal for Everton's out-of-favour midfielder Muhamed Besic.

Reports suggest new Boro boss Tony Pulis is targeting the Bosnian who is fit again following hamstring problems but has not been able to get into the Blues' team this season.

His last start for the Blues this season was in the final Europa League group game against Apollon Limassol and he and hasn't figured on the team sheet since November.

Media outlets like Sky Sports and MailSport now claim that Besic could move to the Riverside Stadium for the remainder of the season.  

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Rick Pattinson
1 Posted 29/01/2018 at 19:00:58
Plllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllease...take him take him!!!.
Peter Gorman
2 Posted 29/01/2018 at 19:05:15
Always liked the nark in Besic and from one headless-chicken to another, loved how his first instinct is to slide in on every opponent.

But he has no realistic future at the club as it is very hard to see how he can improve (or motivate himself to improve) on what he is.

Fully aware that he was playing in his second position, I guess the writing was truly on the wall when we saw young Feeney having to continually bollock him during the away game in Limassol.

Jim Bennings
3 Posted 29/01/2018 at 19:32:43
Yes I think there's no real place for Besic in today's modern Premier League, let's be honest .

Goes in to absolutely stupid ill-disciplined fouls too often, poor positional sense and he's never really done anything noteworthy in nearly four years.

Derek Knox
4 Posted 29/01/2018 at 19:44:22
I think it would be a good move for him, and certainly a better one for us.

I do wish him all the best still the same.

David Currie
5 Posted 29/01/2018 at 20:05:35
Get rid ASAP.
Martin Reppion
6 Posted 29/01/2018 at 20:11:39
I've always had a soft spot for Besic. I think his aggression has often been missed. But it seems he doesn't do enough often enough and given the players who get a game ahead of him, it is obvious he isn't going to get a chance here.

Good luck to him. I think he may prove to be one of those who got away. But, when he returns as an opponent, I hope he gets a good welcome.

Jack Convery
7 Posted 29/01/2018 at 20:21:13
I like him and think injuries have ruined his chances here. Best to part and let him find his feet elsewhere. I hope Schneiderlin follows him out of the door.
Terry Farrell
8 Posted 29/01/2018 at 20:25:52
To me Besic had the speed talent and aggression to be a top player for us. Unfortunately, every time he got to a high level, he immediately injured himself seriously and I think 4 years to make a mark is too long. I feel for him because he wanted it!
Pat Kelly
9 Posted 29/01/2018 at 20:29:43
Oh come on. It's only been four years.
Clive Rogers
10 Posted 29/01/2018 at 20:38:03
Simply not good enough. Should never have been signed.
Mike Gaynes
11 Posted 29/01/2018 at 20:39:51
This transfer could take a while.

First he'll have to find his boots.

Then he'll have to clean the cobwebs off 'em.

Seamus McCrudden
12 Posted 29/01/2018 at 20:47:41
But we love Besic, don't we? The hard man marked Messi once, gets red carded and flies into tackles.

He has done absolutely fuck all else apart from lose the ball on his debut from the off that led to an opposition goal.

Lev Vellene
13 Posted 29/01/2018 at 21:05:06
Clive (#10),

He was signed at a very young age, for potential But it didn't work out, and he's been sidelined by a long-term injury for so long that now I'll be happy for anyone to take him!

He tried hard, and so I won't be jeering him, at all!! He does have the spirit so few of our players this season have shown!

I don't think he'll have a future at EFC, though! So I wish him the best if he can find a new club!

Peter Gorman
14 Posted 29/01/2018 at 21:59:39
Mike, I'm genuinely confused – you only dislike players that get injured and therefore don't play but, so long as they play, even terribly, they get a pass?
Tony Everan
15 Posted 29/01/2018 at 22:29:46
He will do well in the Championship. The scrappy football played there will suit him.

A good move for all concerned. If he goes, I wish him the best of luck, he would be a hero if he contributed to a Middlesbrough promotion.

Si Cooper
16 Posted 29/01/2018 at 22:36:43
He's been back from injury for long enough now, hasn't he?

I had hoped he just needed the rough edges knocking off because I liked his competitiveness. If he can't get a game in a season like this then he obviously isn't doing anything to impress the manager and may as well be sold.

Shaun McGough
17 Posted 29/01/2018 at 22:41:44
He would have made a perfect midfield cog with two or three intelligent midfielders around him and not so many injuries but he may do well elsewhere.

I wish him well as I don't want any chewie stuck in my hair.

Chad Schofield
18 Posted 29/01/2018 at 22:53:48
It's a shame as I had hoped things would work out better when we signed him. He just never really clicked, more ticked like some dangerous old school bomb.
James Flynn
19 Posted 29/01/2018 at 23:52:41
A never was. Right up there with signing Alcaraz.

Hope Boro is serious. Because this kid is on salary until June 2021.

He'd be a hit over here in MLS, which is his level. But, cult hero notwithstanding, he has no business in the Premier League.

Boro excepted. Sign him up, Tony!

Colin Glassar
20 Posted 30/01/2018 at 00:09:34
We gave Gibson about 8 years. Why can’t we give Besic a bit longer longer to prove himself?
Jim Harrison
21 Posted 30/01/2018 at 07:47:57
If Klaassen is only allowed 6 months, then there can be no justification for holding on to Mo!!
Darren Murphy
22 Posted 30/01/2018 at 09:46:55
Colin it felt like 80 mate.

I see this two ways: at least he's too afraid to get stuck in unlike most of our toothless players and hopefully if injury free could be given a chance like others.

Or sell him and stick with the other girls we have and be weak in midfield and defense. Fellaini was just the same too. A yellow card or red waiting to happen.

Personally I'd give Besic till the end of the season and see if he's got what we need as his injuries haven't helped but I think he's better than Schneiderlin and not afraid to get stuck in. Something we clearly lack.

John Maxwell
23 Posted 30/01/2018 at 10:20:32
Anyone remember his first touch at Goodison? I can't remember who it was against and I've tried to find it on YouTube, but sure he tried a flick which resulted in a goal for whoever we were playing.

Shame for the lad, think he showed promise but was unlucky with injuries. He didn't really get a fair crack in the team. How Schneiderlin the crab plays I'll never know.

Peter Gorman
24 Posted 30/01/2018 at 10:23:59
'Twas Chelsea, John.
Jim Lloyd
25 Posted 30/01/2018 at 10:24:09
It was against Chelsea, John. He did try a flick the first time he got the ball. We were getting beat 5-5, if I remember aright, by Chelsea. And courtesy of young Besic, they got a runaway and had an open goal. We had nearly made it 5-4, minutes earlier.
James Marshall
26 Posted 30/01/2018 at 13:17:36
I'll happily drop him off at Boro on my way to drop Schneiderlin off at West Ham. Make it a round trip. All I ask is petrol contributions and that neither of them speak for the duration.
Lenny Kingman
27 Posted 30/01/2018 at 13:31:46
The fact that Pullis wants Besic tells you all you need to know about our much maligned player.

So it's bye-bye to the Bosnian, maybe.

Pat Kelly
28 Posted 30/01/2018 at 15:04:11
It's only a loan deal now so we'll never get rid of him.
Gaute Lie
29 Posted 30/01/2018 at 16:12:27
A Championship player at most.

Gives what he has, hardworking, but does not have much skill.

Sell him.

Derek Knox
30 Posted 30/01/2018 at 16:48:25
James @26, the sad thing is, it doesn't look like Schneiderlin is going now. I 'm gutted – as I am sure are many thousand others are too.

A lot of this is still down to that Colostomy Bag, Koeman. I know Besic was bought by Martinez, but the rest of the dross we have is mainly down to him.

Tony Everan
31 Posted 30/01/2018 at 16:57:39
May be conditional on us signing Nzonzi or Borovic.

Get the fax machine warmed up!

Paul Tran
32 Posted 30/01/2018 at 16:59:52
Tries hard, always looks busy, not a good passer, yellow/red card waiting to happen, doesn't score goals.

Not for me; best of luck to you, Mo.

Tony Cheek
33 Posted 30/01/2018 at 17:12:28
Has to go. At the end of the day he is just another average player signing we should not have even thought about!
Christine Foster
34 Posted 30/01/2018 at 18:01:59
Another loan deal... sort of says a lot about what other clubs think of us and the quality of the players we have.

West Ham want Schneiderlin on loan, Mirallas gone on loan, Lookman wanted on loan, Besic next... can we have some money, please!!!!

Christine Foster
35 Posted 30/01/2018 at 18:11:35
Oh yes, I knew there was another, Sandro wanted on loan... FFS!!
Christine Foster
36 Posted 30/01/2018 at 18:13:37
Like the immortal words of Cuba Gooding Jr in Jerry McQuire... Show me the Money!
Andy Crooks
37 Posted 30/01/2018 at 18:40:42
Derek, (#30); "that Costomy Bag, Koeman..."
Do you actually see nothing wrong with that comment?
James Marshall
38 Posted 30/01/2018 at 18:44:03
Derek @30

Yeah, we won't flog Schneiderlin now McCarthy has broken his leg.

Although I reckon Macca would be more effective on one peg than Schneiderlin is on two.

Besic has to go – he's useless on almost every level. I never understood why he gained such high regard among supporters based on a couple of decent performances for his country and the occasional moment of... errr... something for us.

He's a headless chicken with 'red card' written on his back.

Mark Tanton
39 Posted 30/01/2018 at 18:46:36
Like the lad, sadly it’s his discipline what did for him. Can’t get a run in the team if you charge on like a bull with a hard-on the minute the forth official’s board goes up.
Jamie Evans
40 Posted 30/01/2018 at 18:49:40
A fraud and a fart all rolled into 1.

Schneiderlin jumping out of that tackle early doors v West Brom last time out reminded me of our Mo.

He had some of our younger and dare I say, more impressionable fans fooled but let's have it right – snide sleeve tattoos and regularly displaying ill discipline doesn't make you a hard man.

As a previous post mentions, if Tony Pulis wants to buy you,that basically says it all.

Good luck Mo. You are going to need it.

Ian Hollingworth
41 Posted 30/01/2018 at 18:55:05
It would be better if we can get them to buy him.
Minik Hansen
42 Posted 30/01/2018 at 21:26:09
If he cuts it in the Championship, staying fit and help collecting points, I'll welcome him back to replace anyone giving not all.
Andrew Presly
43 Posted 31/01/2018 at 01:26:29
Against Man City in the League Cup semi-final first leg at Goodison a few years ago, Mo was immense. I'll always remember that performance fondly, he ran the show.
Peter Gorman
44 Posted 31/01/2018 at 01:39:35
Andrew, yes it was precisely that performance that gave (some) fans hope that he could develop into the real deal.

Afterall, it is not easy to both outplay Yaya Toure over 90 mins and leave him sprawling on his arse.

But he never recaptured that height. Unlikely he ever could at Everton, his career here is now stale.

Terry Farrell
45 Posted 31/01/2018 at 06:50:32
Andrew Peter, that was exactly my point earlier. Just when he reached that level, he got injured in the next match, wasn't available for the 2nd leg. Groundhog day for him.
Colin Gee
46 Posted 01/02/2018 at 02:25:46
Sad to see Mo go, always been a fan.

There's a really good player in there somewhere.

Justin Doone
47 Posted 01/02/2018 at 21:31:55
I liked the lad but like so many other young players with potential they need to show consistency and work ethic to improve. Unfortunately, when you suffer so many long term injuries when still developing the chances of making it become very slim. The game hasn't changed and I'll always remember being told you need to learn to use your head as much as your legs.

Sadly this is missing in Mo as it is in the majority of our midfielders. McCarthy, Schneiderlin, Mirallas, Lookman. All have/had potential but never learnt/improved basic decision making skills. Gareth Barry is a great example. Should still be helping us. Will probably make a great coach. His quality remains in his decision making.

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