Everton assistant expects Muhamed Besic to have 'bigger impact' next season

The Bosnian had a decent first season at Everton last term.

Everton completed their first piece of business for the summer yesterday with the free transfer arrival of Tom Cleverely confirmed from Manchester United.

The 25-year-old, who spent the second stage of last season on loan at Aston Villa, joins to help shore up the Everton central midfield area - with Darron Gibson still struggling with injury troubles and Gareth Barry becoming longer and longer in the tooth.

However Cleverley's arrival may not be as welcomed by current Everton player Muhamed Besic. The Bosnian has been a great breakthrough star in England last term, but spent most of his time behind Barry and James McCarthy.

However one man who does not doubt his ability is Everton assistant Graeme Jones. He told the official Everton website:

“Mo has adapted very well. He’s an intelligent boy and technically he is very, very capable. We knew early on that we had signed a top character in Mo. We did our work. He has been brought up in Germany and a lot of his behaviour reflects that.

“I expect Mo to make a bigger impact next season.

“From Mo’s point of view, he will be frustrated that he has had limited opportunities but Gareth [Barry] and James [McCarthy] were so strong the season before that they had earned the right to be starters.

“Mo has not let anybody down when he has come in. He needs to kick-on, enjoy the competition next season and make sure he is out of the starting blocks before anyone else.”

Everton fans will certainly be hoping to see more of the player. Besic became a firm fan favourite at Goodison Park, despite a disastrous start against Chelsea, with his tough tackling, swashbuckling style catching the imagination.

Everton fans will hope to see plenty more of him and perhaps a little less of Barry next term, as Everton begin to look to the future.

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