When Muhamed Besic arrived at Goodison, he came with quite the reputation, after all, he had marked the great Leo Messi out of a game in the World Cup. His first season at Everton showed, in glimpses, what he is about with supporters optimistic of the then 22-year-old's future prospects at Everton.
Muhamed Besic of Everton controls the ball from Marko Grujic of Liverpool during the Premier League 2 match
Fast forward two seasons and the now 24-year-old has made just seven starts in the Premier League in that time. He missed the whole of last season after picking up an injury, ironically, during Wayne Rooney's Manchester United testimonial.
The midfielder is back though and featured as a centreback during pre-season under Ronald Koeman. He was impressive at bringing the ball out of the back, and the combativeness which made him a crowd favourite was evident against the likes of Sevilla.
The future of James McCarthy and Gareth Barry seems to be anyone's guess at the moment, and if the duo do move Besic will probably be a second choice defensive midfielder for the Blues. Given the number of games Everton might potentially play this season with Europa League, Besic could be very important to his manager.
Ronald Koeman has used a three at the back formation during pre-season, and if he chooses to use it during the season, Besic could prove to be vital given his ability on the ball.
He might not be pushing Idrissa Gueye and Morgan Schneiderlin out of the team right now, but at 24 he has time on his hand to turn around his fortunes at Everton.
Muhamed Besic (C) of Everton competes for the ball against Fernando (L) and Jesus Navas (R) of Manchester City