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Stats: Bosnia World Cup star set for success after signing for Everton

Everton have signed Ferencvaros midfielder Muhamed Besic for an undisclosed fee.

Everton’s Roberto Martinez has completed his second signing of the summer, having acquired the services of Ferencvaros youngster Muhamed Besic. The 21-year-old, who played in all of Bosnia-Hercegovina's matches at the World Cup, has agreed a five-year deal.

Speaking to the club’s official website, Roberto Martinez revealed his admiration for the young defender. “Muhamed is a young footballer who has developed massively in the last two seasons. He has been playing as a centre-half and as a defensive midfielder at an incredible level.

“What he did with Bosnia and Herzegovina in the World Cup, he showed that he is a really mature footballer, that he covers the ground really well, that he is very dynamic and technically very gifted. He is bringing us really good strength in an important part of the side.”

He impressed throughout his three appearances in Brazil, despite his side’s disappointing group stage exit. Undeterred by his lack of international experience, he was entrusted by manager Safet Susic as a key figure in the Bosnian midfield.

   NationPosAssistChance CreatedAcc Pass/ AppPass Acc (%)Won Tackle /AppsIntercept Won / appsWon Contest / appsTouch / appsAppMin
Besic Bosnia and Herzegovina DF 0 2 67.67 91.03 2.00 2.33 3.33 93.00 3 270

Besic proved himself in both a defensive and more attacking midfield role, averaging an impressive pass success rate of 91% throughout his 270 minutes of action. He attempted just short of 70 passes, per match, whilst registering over 90 touches of the ball.

His ability to control possession will prove a valuable asset in the Premier League, as will his combative style of play. The youngster cannot be accused of shirking his defensive duties and he offered the Bosnia back-four fantastic protection whenever called upon to assist.

The World Cup provided the perfect opportunity for Besic to showcase his ability and it’s no surprise that he was subsequently linked to a number of top clubs. However, having learned of Everton’s interest, it was Roberto Martinez’s reputation that sealed the deal.

“The most important reason why I signed for Everton was Roberto Martinez – I think he is a fantastic coach”, he told EvertonTV. “I think my style is suited to playing in the Premier League and I think this is the best league in the world,” he continued.

“It will be difficult for me because we have fantastic players, but I think with the help of the coach, I will do my best. The World Cup was really important and I think the most important game for me was the Argentina game. I think I did a good job and many clubs were looking, including Mr Martinez.”

“I can play anywhere [in defence or midfield], but I think I will play as a central midfielder for Everton… I enjoy playing in midfield because I get to see a lot of the ball and I think it is my best position.”

Toffees’ fans will no doubt be excited to see their new man in first-team action.

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