The Bosnia-Herzegovina international is currently sidelined after what is believed to have been a ruptured cruciate knee ligament sustained during pre-season and he isn't expected to be fit again until February at the earliest.
He has been posting messages to his followers on social media, however, keeping them abreast of his progress, including one from last month announcing that he is now able to walk freely without the need for crutches.
Besic's latest Twitter post reveals some of the frustration that goes with a long-term injury of this type, however. In it he expresses how much he misses both playing and the passion of Evertonians who took him to their hearts following his spirited and committed performances on the back of his arrival in the summer of 2014.
This isn't the first time the former Ferencvaros player has had to bide his time on the treatment table and then the gym. Besic's time at Goodison has been regularly interrupted by injury, including hamstring problems last season that restricted him to just seven starts.
He looked to be progressing nicely in pre-season this summer, with his hunger to succeed evident in his first goal for the Blues — albeit in a friendly at MK Dons — before he was struck down with the ACL injury during Wayne Rooney's testimonial at Old Trafford in early August.
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1 Posted 13/10/2016 at 23:38:19
2 Posted 13/10/2016 at 23:52:16
3 Posted 13/10/2016 at 00:02:04
Hope he comes back stronger.
4 Posted 14/10/2016 at 00:10:00
5 Posted 14/10/2016 at 00:42:33
Martinez doesn't have much of a legacy but he kept going on about "footballing arrogance". That was displayed in abundance that night amidst a centre mid including Silva, Yaya & De Bruyne.
He's got something. Come back stronger, Mo, but we're looking at you being a Gueye back-up currently. You should have more than Jimmy Mac but need to prove it.
7 Posted 14/10/2016 at 04:29:03
I've never understood the TW pining for this player when he's out, which is always. Yes, he has a biting tackle. He also can't pass a lick (see Gueye for a comparison), can't shoot, can't mark a light post and collects yellows like kids used to collect stamps.
Here's betting that he never sees the field for us again, not with Barry, Gueye, Macca and Davies all deservedly in front of him.
8 Posted 14/10/2016 at 04:45:56
I like McCarthy too but he is most definitely not better than Besic. Here's wishing Besic a swift recovery, an injury-free run in the team and the chance to truly prove all the doubters wrong.
9 Posted 14/10/2016 at 06:46:31
Both players for me aren't good enough but Besic offers a bit of steel to the midfield. McCarthy should still be at Wigan, there is more talent in Henderson's chin than this wage thief and that says it all.
10 Posted 14/10/2016 at 08:51:36
Alas, through injury or failing to 'turn up', those days are far and few!
11 Posted 14/10/2016 at 10:24:48
12 Posted 14/10/2016 at 10:34:38
Certainly not writing him off but he has a very long way to go before he can be held in the high regard that some people do.
13 Posted 14/10/2016 at 10:57:01
My guess is there's a decent player there but I don't really know just haven't seen enough.
i can imagine it's all very frustrating for him.
14 Posted 14/10/2016 at 11:22:10
I wish him well.
15 Posted 14/10/2016 at 12:05:21
The lad is a raw diamond, massive heart who's fearless in the tackle and has bags of energy as well as a fair bit of ability to boot! I feel sorry for him with the bad luck he has had with injuries!
In Martinez's second year when Barry was struggling with the amount of games, Mo came in and was a shining light in the middle of the park. He ran the midfield, won everything... the only thing he lacked was that bit of class and composure when attacking!
I think a 4-1-2-3 with Barry sitting and him and Gueye patrolling and pressing would be a force!
16 Posted 14/10/2016 at 12:18:42
Now his contract is to 2021. So he's with us for another five years so, unless we want to be lumbered with yet another denizen of the physio's room he needs to get fit, stay fit, and start showing what he has to offer.
17 Posted 14/10/2016 at 16:10:52
18 Posted 14/10/2016 at 16:38:31
It's a pity as the pressing game means more running around, more twisting and turning, more diving in... if he does return in February and gets selected to play, you've got to wonder how many more appearances he'll get in before he's injured yet again.
Uh-oh... negative thinking alert!
19 Posted 14/10/2016 at 18:30:59
I'd play him before McCarthy anytime when fit.
20 Posted 14/10/2016 at 20:20:00
It's certainly possible that, given the opportunity, he could prove himself to be a worthy successor to Barry. But I doubt it, and personally I'd rather see Davies get that opportunity than Besic. In my view, he has far more potential to be a truly top player.
21 Posted 15/10/2016 at 08:49:56
Something's very wrong when players with continuous injury problems are kept on the payroll, do we never learn?
22 Posted 15/10/2016 at 09:53:13
I wish him a speedy and full recovery but think his playing time with us may be limited.
23 Posted 15/10/2016 at 17:14:20
The point is: the real Mo Besic has yet to stand up and injuries may ever prevent him from realising his potential.
I probably agree with you that he is behind in the pecking order now but I'll neither write him off nor hold my breath.
24 Posted 16/10/2016 at 01:33:08
The man has scored exactly ONE goal in his entire freaking life. Six years, 150 club appearances, 26 for his country. One goal.
He's appeared 35 times for us. Has he ever even assisted on a goal? You can remember exactly one game in which he "ran the midfield." I can recall maybe twice where he impressed me with a really great pass. Contrast that with Gueye, who has already established himself as one of the top ten passers in the league.
I'd say that the real Besic has stood up and showed himself. He's a one-dimensional player, a world-class tackler and ballwinner with no real offensive element to his game. And I stand by my prediction that he's already played his last for us.
25 Posted 16/10/2016 at 05:19:23
I certainly agree that he is not anywhere near the level of Gueye, who has impressed us all I think. The point is, well, we don't know if he can be. Like you, I'd probably also like to see young Davies be the backup for Gueye so we'll have to wait and see if Besic has a future at the club or not. I understand the scepticism but, for me, just too early to write him off without giving Koeman time to work on the lad.
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