Everton midfielder Muhamed Besic backs under-fire manager Roberto Martinez

Roberto Martinez pitchside for Everton

The Bosnian is a big fan of his manager, who is not so popular among the Everton faithful.

Everton fans have recently been calling for a change of management. Spanish boss Roberto Martinez has become increasingly unpopular with fans of the club as they struggle for a high finish in the Premier League. Despite reaching two cup semi-finals, many an Evertonian have questioned the tactics of Martinez in those and other crunch games this season.

But one player who is clearly backing his boss is Muhamed Besic.

Martinez signed the player from Ferencvaros in Hungary after he had impressed in the 2014 World Cup for Bosnia-Herzegovina.

The Bosnian has been speaking to The National this week and made it clear that he one of the reasons he decided to join Everton was because of Martinez’s presence:

“England is the best league in the world, I like England a lot. After the World Cup, Everton came in and clubs from England, Italy and Spain as well but I told my manager I only wanted to go to Everton.

“The manager, Roberto Martinez, is one of the reasons why I chose to come and play here. I’ve learnt a lot from him."

Besic is one player who has improved under the Spaniard, but that seems a natural reaction as he matures in the game..

At the moment John Stones is going backward, Romelu Lukaku is being isolated up front and Ross Barkley looks in danger of burnout.

Everton have great quality throughout their squad but at the moment Martinez is not unlocking their full potential – even if Besic clearly does not want to see the back of him.

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