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Boro plot summer bid for Besic

| Monday, 12 March 2018 21comments  |  Jump to last
Middlesbrough boss Tony Pulis would like to arrange for Muhamed Besic to join the Teesside club in a permanent deal this summer according to the Northern Echo.

The Bosnia-Herzegovina international is on loan at Boro from Everton for the second half of the season and has impressed so far.

Pulis is said to have told Besic to "keep it up" having liked what he has seen in his first six games and while there are no direct quotes that effect, the report suggests that he wants to keep the midfielder beyond his current loan spell.

"He's cool and calm, too many touches at times, but he's a good player and a great kid," Pulis is quoted as saying.

“He'd had problems with his hamstring in the last couple of days before the game and felt sore after last week's game at Birmingham. If he said he wanted to rest we'd rest him.

“He didn't train but he said he was ready to go and he wanted to play it's a great attitude.”

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Jack Convery
1 Posted 12/03/2018 at 21:44:54
Good to hear. Hope he makes a go of it.
Andy Williams
2 Posted 12/03/2018 at 22:40:57
He has played more consecutive games for them than he ever did for us. Maybe there is something in this 'giving players a run' – who would have thought it!
Tony Everan
3 Posted 12/03/2018 at 23:02:14
Good luck to Besic, sounds like he's doing well and must be enjoying the limelight there. It's a good loan deal for all and may net us a few million too. £5m?
Gavin Johnson
4 Posted 12/03/2018 at 23:27:51
Besic may be good enough for us but is good enough for Boro. Everyone keep their fingers crossed he doesn't get injured before they buy him from us.
Gavin Johnson
5 Posted 13/03/2018 at 00:54:50
Sorry typo* meant to say Besic isn't good enough for us. There's something about him but it's hampered by the injuries and ill-discipline.
Phil (Kelsall) Roberts
6 Posted 13/03/2018 at 07:18:58
Andy Williams (#4) – never let the facts get in the way of a moan.

Besic played 8 consecutive matches for us between 1 January 2015 and 1 March 2015. In fact, he was on the bench (used once) between Christmas and New Year, otherwise he would have had 15 matches on the run.

Cult hero, that is all. Not good enough for the Premier League, too injury prone, too card prone.

Promising midfielder sent off to Boro and makes them tick and get promoted – Adam Forshaw Mk II

Kim Vivian
7 Posted 13/03/2018 at 08:09:50
Their gain, our loss I think, if this happens.

I like this lad, and for whatever reason we have not enjoyed his best consistently, although we have seen it. May even be playing against us next season. Good luck, Mo old mate, wherever you end up.

Christy Ring
8 Posted 13/03/2018 at 09:34:41
Wish Besic all the best, and hope Pulis signs him, as he has played well in the Championship. I thought he'd make it for us, got plenty of chances, and he played well against Man City in the cup, but that was a one-off, and not Premier League standard.
Shane Corcoran
9 Posted 13/03/2018 at 12:00:06
Completely forgot he went there. It'll take a lot of plotting to get him I'd say.
Steve Ferns
10 Posted 13/03/2018 at 14:33:17
Good look to Besic and his faux "passion". It takes more than getting sent off to show passion. If he played more with his head, and stopped kicking people because he's not good enough to tackle them properly, then he had nothing else to offer.

His passing is woeful. His positioning is the worst I've ever seen on a defensive midfielder. Sure he runs about a lot, the opposite of Schneiderlin, but it's better to hold position than vacate position. This guy cost us goals every time he played.

I can't believe so many people liked him, simply because he ran about a lot and kicked people. He was below average at best, and it's good to get his wages off our books. If we can recoup the few million we paid for him, then great.

Mike Gaynes
11 Posted 13/03/2018 at 15:05:22
He's found his level, and I think he'll bring us more than ٣m, Tony. I'd say he'll wind up carving out a nice career in the Championship, probably as a centre-back eventually.

Steve, there's nothing "faux" about his passion, and he never once got sent off for us. Matter of fact he's only had one red in his career, and that was for Bosnia.

But he did ring up more yellows in his Everton career (9) than shots on goal (5), and never managed a single goal or assist.

Alex Mullan
12 Posted 13/03/2018 at 15:43:47
Always liked Besic - you got the impression he was a proper Everton type player but just couldnt get a string of form or maybe was not just at the very top level. One of the hardest workers in our team in this era of abject failure.

I always thought he'd be perfect at Rangers or Celtic.

Darren Alexander
13 Posted 13/03/2018 at 16:13:51
Good luck to him - really wanted him to make a go of it with us but he's had long enough, I think. His hard-man image was always kept well in check by his lengthy spells on the treatment table. Still, he should do consistently well in that diddy league - provided he can stay injury-free.
Kim Vivian
14 Posted 13/03/2018 at 19:32:54
I usually like Ferns's posts but that @10 is well wide of the mark.

Like others have said on here I'd have him in a heartbeat in front of Morgan Schneiderlin. I think Besic was just so keen to impress he became impetuous and frustrated by the playing environment which at the end of the day has been pretty shite throughout his time with us. He will do okay with the right team around him and if he finds himself back in the Premier League next season, and I hope he does, we may be surprised.

And Darren – I know we're not going there but if we had found ourselves in that 'diddy league' I fear we would have struggled as well.

Derek Knox
15 Posted 13/03/2018 at 19:42:44
I quite liked the lad, although he did have that over-impetuous streak in him, and seemed to be injury prone; we have no shortage of them on the books.

So, I think all in all, this could be a good deal for both parties, plus we free up the squad a bit.

I have watched a few Boro games recently, and to be honest, he looks a shadow of the player I remember. He looked composed, authoritative, his passing was brilliant.

Maybe it's another case, as so often happens, 'horses for courses' anyway if it comes to fruition, I wish him all the best and thank him for his contribution.

Derek Knox
16 Posted 13/03/2018 at 19:47:33
Sorry, reading back, it should have read the shadow was at Goodison, to what he appears to be now.

Anyway, you know what I mean!

Kim Vivian
17 Posted 13/03/2018 at 21:47:52
Off topic but does anyone know if we are still interested in Nzonzi? He looked pretty assured against the Mancs tonight.
Andy Williams
18 Posted 13/03/2018 at 22:43:06
As I said on another thread, Besic has only started about 12 games since he was 22 (mainly due to injuries). He was bought as a prospect and been judged as a fully rounded player – sounds familiar that. He has never really had a run but maintained a pass rate of nearly 90% ( so definitely not woeful) and had a tackle rate the same as Jimmy Mac's.

He only had one season – when he was 22 – when he was on the pitch for about 15 games worth of minutes. That was in Martinez's final dysfunctional season. It would not surprise me if he has matured into the player that many of us could see glimpses of.

According to reports he seems to have become less impetuous and matured in his play – funny that – young lad trying his hardest to impress calms down a bit and flourishes away from our hypercritical crowd.

Phil (#6), I would wager that if he stays fit that he will surpass young Adam's achievements.
Tony Waring
19 Posted 14/03/2018 at 09:44:06
On a different tack the BBC is reporting that Allardyce is interested in bidding for Phil Jones of Man Utd., Let's hope he gets the push before he can inflict this second rate centre half on us.
Fran Mitchell
20 Posted 14/03/2018 at 21:03:52
Not good enough. Baningime has more to offer as a defensive mid, Davies more as a box-to-box.

Jamie Evans
21 Posted 15/03/2018 at 08:50:37
I'll say it again. A fart and a fraud.

Good luck in the Championship Mo. Defo your level.

Nice ink though. (Rolls eyes.)

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