Everton confirm Muhamed Besic has joined Sheffield United on a season-long loan deal. The 26-year-old didn’t appear to have a place in the first-team under Marco Silva and was expected to leave before the summer transfer shut.
With Fabian Delph, Jean-Philippe Gbamin, Morgan Schneiderlin, Tom Davies and Andre Gomes for competition, Besic always had a difficult task of getting playing time. His best bet was to move to a side willing to give him minutes.
The Bosnia-Herzegovina international spent the last 18 months on loan at Middlesbrough (January 31, 2018 – May 31, 2019) (August 23, 2018 – May 31, 2019), making a total of 56 appearances in all competitions, scoring and creating nine goals.
Besic impressed during his temporary stay on Riverside and has landed himself a Premier League club as a result. The defensive-midfielder will now look to prove himself to Chris Wilder, potentially to put himself in the shop window for next summer.
It’s hard to see Silva changing his mind on Besic with so many talented central midfielders in his squad, so the 26-year-old may need to search for a new club in 2020. He’s made 56 appearances in all competitions for Everton since his 2014-move from Ferencvaros and has failed to score or make an assist.