Premier League clubs are missing a trick with Muhamed Besic 1


Bosnia did not have a good World Cup and they are a distant memory as we approach the semi-final stage.  Muhamed Besic, however, left the tournament with his reputation greatly enhanced and so it’s bizarre not to read of any Premier League interest in the holding midfielder.

I wrote about Besic after his performance against Argentina, suggesting that he would be a very good-fit for a club like Manchester United and, although Ander Herrera has moved to Old Trafford since then, Besic would still solve a problem or two in that midfield.  Michael Carrick is not a young player, and it won’t be long before Louis Van Gaal has to replace the soon-to-be 33 year-old.

It’s very rare to find a player with as much natural ability as Besic playing outside Europe’s top divisions, because typically that kind of talent gets hoovered up early by the big clubs, but the Bosnian remains at Ferencvaros and as such - and with all due respect to the Hungarian side - is really there for the taking at a relatively incidental fee.

How often do you see a midfielder combine passing reliability with an acumen for the more defensive aspects of the positions? Rarely - and even more so at just 21.

It’s easy to fall in love with players at international competitions, but it’s very difficult to imagine a scenario where this guy doesn’t turn into an elite midfielder within the next five years - so what is so prohibitive about him?

A bit of Googling reveals that he had some kind of issue at Hamburg with Thorsten Fink, but that was back in 2012 and there have been no other red flags since then.  In any case, Fink turned into a disaster at Hamburg and so surely that’s some kind of mitigation over the incident.

Arsenal, Manchester United, Liverpool…all these clubs have a requirement at Besic’s position, so I don’t understand the hesitancy.

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