Everton’s season will drift into obscurity after this weekend, as fans look to forget the poor campaign they have suffered through. In the end, an eighth-place finish is good for a side that were flirting dangerously with relegation earlier in the season. Needless to say, however, many Everton players will now head off on their summer holidays wondering if they could have done more this season.
But one current Everton player has still got plenty to play for. Whilst his club-mates on Merseyside may have little to play for, Muhamed Besic has things differently.
The Bosnian is currently out on loan at Tony Pulis’ Middlesbrough, who have qualified for this year’s Championship play-offs.
Since making his debut in February the 25-year-old has cemented his place as Pulis’ chief midfield enforcer. His never-say-die attitude and high-energy performances have made him an instant hero at The Riverside and Everton fans can understand it.
His in-your-face style and demeanour saw him become an equally popular figure at Everton and it seemed he was set for a long future at Goodison Park. However, injury has scuppered that development. A hamstring problem in his second season at the club was followed up by a knee injury in 2016. It saw Besic miss 16 months of action, including the entire 2016-17 season, for the Toffees.
In that time Everton have brought in new faces to their midfield position. So does Besic have a future at Goodison Park?
His form at Boro certainly suggests he might be worth another chance in the Everton first-team. With James McCarthy a long-term absentee and others not performing, there may be a space for Besic. His never-say-die attitude would certainly be more welcomed by the Everton fanbase than the often nonplussed looking £22 million man Morgan Schneiderlin.
Boro, however, will be very keen to keep Besic on this season. He has established himself as a firm fan favourite and could help them earn promotion back to the Premier League.
It is easy to wonder whether, after all his injury trouble at Everton, the time now is right for a fresh start in the North-East.
Wherever he ends up, one thing for sure is this. Besic will always be a fan favourite.