Roberto Martinez says he cannot wait to see just how good Muhamed Besic can be after the Bosnian’s recent strong run of form.
The summer signing has been a regular on the team-sheet following injuries to James McCarthy and Darron Gibson and has won over Evertonians with a string of stand-out performances.
But Martinez insists there is more to come from the midfielder, who the Blues boss says is still finding his feet in English football.
“Muhamed is still a player that is shaping up his qualities,” said Martinez. “In Germany, with Hamburg, he played in different positions. He played as a centre half and when he went to Ferencvaros that is the position that he excelled in.
“Obviously playing for Bosnia, he started to use his quality a little bit further forward in front of the back four. It transformed his position on the pitch and, since coming here, he has taken massive strides in improving his tactical awareness.
“Something he will never be short of is technical ability, ball control and his passing range. They are aspects that are fitting in well with where he is developing in our team.
“He is still very young in terms of the position he is playing so I am very much looking forward to his full development and seeing how quickly he can get to the best possible level.”
Everton parted with a reported £4million to land the 22-year-old from Hungary’s top flight and Martinez added that he was delighted to be able to work with a player that caught his eye from the very beginning.
“I have been impressed since the day that I first saw him,” he continued. “I have been very pleased. He has quite a unique character and personality.
“He wants to work every day to become the best that he can, and that is quite infectious. You see game-by-game that he is getting stronger and he is getting used to the demands of the British game. Sometimes you forget how young he is.
“Mo is a phenomenal asset to our team.”