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Everton Midfielder Hoping To Seal His Departure In January: Why Ancelotti Needs To Cut Him Loose

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In a recent report, Liverpool Echo has claimed that Everton midfielder Muhamed Besic is hoping to seal his departure from the club in January. It is believed that the Berlin-born talent will wait until this winter after deciding not to seek a move to Portuguese football where the transfer window will close on Sunday (via Liverpool Echo).

Besic’s Lacklustre Spell In English Football Recently

The 28-year-old has appeared in 56 matches for the Toffees thus far but is still waiting to score or assist his first goal for the club. It is unlikely that he will feature for Everton again as Carlo Ancelotti opted to exclude him from his 25-man Premier League squad.

The 45-time Bosnia-Herzegovina international went out on a season-long loan to play for Sheffield United last season but struggled to make himself a regular starter under Chris Wilder’s stewardship. Besic made 13 appearances for the Blades in the previous campaign, registering one goal and two yellow cards on all fronts.

The ex-Bundesliga midfield ace failed to discover any consistency in terms of his overall contributions at the centre of the park after averaging 0.9 tackles, 0.7 clearances, 0.4 shots and 0.8 dribbles per 90 minutes in the 2019-20 Premier League season. However, he distributed possession relatively well as evident from his pass completion rate of 79.2% in the English top tier (stats via whoscored).

Everton's Besic hoping to seal his departure in January (Besic is seen in the picture)
Mo Besic of Everton during the Pre-Season Friendly at Gigg Lane on July 18, 2018, in Bury, England. (Photo by Lynne Cameron/Getty Images)

What Does The Bosnia-Herzegovina International Offer On The Field?

Besic has decent pace in his locker to run up and down the field and can complete some penetrative dribbles in the opposition half. He is also tidy when passing the ball from midfield but lacks invention to cut open the opponent’s defence.

The hard-working midfield enforcer is not shy of getting stuck in with a few tackles and usually clear his lines when in danger of losing possession inside his half. However, he needs to improve his productivity at both ends of the field. For that to happen, Besic would have to figure out a way to end his Goodison Park nightmare and make a switch to a foreign club where he would be offered a chance to play regularly at a high level this winter.

Why The Toffees Need To Cut Besic Loose In January

At the moment, Ancelotti does not need to retain Besic’s services as he is not good enough to thrive in his match-day squad. Hence, Everton should consider cutting him loose when the transfer window reopens in January or else risk losing him for free when his contract runs out at the end of this campaign. Either way, it’s high time for Besic to part ways with the Merseyside club permanently in search of greener pastures in the years to come.

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