Everton are a club with so much potential. The club have some sublime young players in their ranks and out on-loan and can go very far if they play their cards right. However, Muhamed Besic simply is not one of them and if he wants to stay relevant in English football and progress in his career then he will have to get a permanent move in summer.
The Bosnian midfielder arrived on Merseyside for £4 million in summer 2014 after he’d impressed for his country during the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. It was certainly a bold move from then Everton boss Roberto Martinez, and it was a gamble that just hasn’t paid off, as the 26-year-old has been in England for five years now and has racked up just 56 appearances for Everton, without scoring or assisting.
The midfielder wasn’t always exiled in the way he has been at Goodison Park over the last few years. In his debut season at Goodison Park, the midfielder made 31 appearances before then following that up by making 17 outings in the 2015/16. After that, things went downhill very quickly for the Bosnian and he failed to play a single minute of action for the Toffees’ senior side in the 2016/17 season.
The 26-year-old has found himself becoming less and less important at Goodison Park since his debut season, and even after appearing seven times in the first half of last season, it was clear that he wasn’t apart of either Ronald Koeman’s or Sam Allardyce’s plans and in January he was sent out on-loan to Middlesbrough, where the ex-Ferencvaros midfielder had an upturn in fortunes and played 17 times.
Besic has been loaned back to Boro again for this season, but if he wants to be remembered in English football for anything more than an Everton flop then he has to get away from Goodison Park on a permanent transfer. Whilst his time at Everton has left him stagnating, his career has taken a massive hit and he’s gone from being a bright Premier League prospect to an unwanted 26-year-old forced out on-loan.
Fortunately, Besic has done well enough at Middlesbrough to warrant a stay in the Championship, although it would be a shock to see any Premier League club willing to risk signing him. He’s become a mainstay of the Middlesbrough midfield, and whilst Marco Silva may have plans to use him as a bit-part player next season, the 26-year-old simply has to leave Everton if he wants to stay relevant.