Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Besic Waiting Game Goes on as New Everton Boss Settles In

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Besic Waiting Game Goes on as New Everton Boss Settles In

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Byline: DOMINIC SHAW dominic.shaw@reachplc.com @DOMSHAWGAZETTE

IT'S all systems go at Everton and the start of a new era following the appointments of Marco Silva as manager and Marcel Brands as director of football.

Silva told of how he "wants to make the fans proud" at his unveiling last week and talked of building a "great connection" between the squad and the supporters.

But will that squad include Mo Besic? What does Silva's appointment mean for the Bosnian midfielder who spent the second half of last season on loan and impressing at Middlesbrough? We spoke to Everton writer Adam Jones, from the Liverpool Echo.

How do you see Besic's Everton future playing out under Silva? "Besic is one of a number of players currently at Everton with an intriguing future ahead of him.

"Both Marco Silva and incoming director of football Marcel Brands will instantly be put to work to assess the current squad ahead of what is going to be a massive summer for Everton.

"It could be the case that Besic is given time to prove himself during pre-season or, if a big enough offer comes apparent early in the window, he could be offloaded. "It's really tough to tell without the manager and director of football having a proper look at the squad they have at their disposal.

"In any case, the next few weeks should be eye-opening for the likes of Besic."

Everton have been linked with William Carvalho - is midfield an area that Silva will look to strengthen? "You could honestly make the argument that Everton need signings in every single position - but central midfield certainly isn't a priority.

"Idrissa Gueye is almost a guaranteed starter at Goodison Park with his incredibly energetic performances, Morgan Schneiderlin (when in form) commands a role and Tom Davies is an exciting young talent.

"Add in Davy Klaassen, who many think deserves more of a chance, the injured duo of Gylfi Sigurdsson and James McCarthy and even another youngster in Beni Baningime, the Blues are fairly well stocked in that area. …

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