Muhamed Besic is back with Everton and will be looking to show manager Marco Silva that he is here to stay.
After missing the entire 2016-17 season with a serious knee injury, the midfielder was sent out on loan to Middlesbrough in January last season and put in some assured performances there, and it looks to have served him with a confidence boost as he looks a different player now.
Both in the friendly against Bury and then yesterday against Lille, the Bosnia international has looked composed on the ball and is passing range has broadened too. The physical edge to his game is still there, and he has no plans on changing that aspect any time soon.
He spoke to evertontv after the game -
“I had two difficult seasons, then went to Middlesbrough and now I am fit again.
“I feel really strong, so it is good for me. I played for four months, it was the first time since I arrived in England that I played so many games in a row.
“I feel very confident. I know my qualities, they will not go away. It is just a matter of time. I like to take the ball and organise everything, that is my game.”
Click the link in the tweet to watch the interview with Besic.
This summer marks the 25-year-old’s fourth season with the Blues, in which he has 23 Premier League appearances and is on 31 caps for Bosnia too. He was one of the best players on the pitch last night against Lille, and spoke about the game.
“We played okay up to 70 minutes. It was very difficult, the pitch was hard and it was about 30 degrees.
“I thought we did quite well. We can do better, of course, but it was just the third pre-season game and our first really good opponent. We did quite well.
“We do not worry about the result. We care about our game. The most important thing is the Premier League and the first match against Wolverhampton. If we win that it will be a good start, that is most important.
“Porto are a better team [than Lille] but we will see tomorrow.”