Everton boss hails 'phenomenal' midfielder Muhamed Besic

Everton's Muhamed Besic has become one of the first names on the team sheet in recent weeks.

Everton boss Roberto Martinez has told the club's official site of his excitement about Muhamed Besic's future at Goodison Park. 

The Bosnian international midfielder has made a positive immediate impression on Toffees fans during his first season on Merseyside, with his performances of late really catching the eye. 

Martinez, however, believes that there is still more to come from the 22-year-old and he has backed him to become even more influential as he adjusts to the English game. 

"He wants to work every day to become the best that he can, and that is quite infectious," Martinez said. "You see game-by-game that he is getting stronger and he is getting used to the demands of the British game. Sometimes you forget how young he is. Mo is a phenomenal asset to our team.”

Besic's popularity with the club's supporters was summed up when Martinez's decision to take him off in a 0-0 draw with West Bromwich Albion was met with vocal derision. 

Normally replacing a defensive midfielder with a striker, when chasing the game, would have been accepted, but Besic offers the side so much Everton supporters always want to see him on the pitch. 

Besic has made 24 appearances to date this campaign and he has arguably been the most impressive of all their summer signings. 

The likes of Romelu Lukaku and Samuel Eto'o were expected to steal the limelight at the Merseyside club at the start of the season, but both have been outshone by Besic and the midfielder will be hoping to continue his fine form to lift his side up the table in the next few fixtures.

Register for EVERTON team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch