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Boss: Besic Was Brilliant

Midfielder looked right at home, says Martinez.

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So composed was his first appearance in an Everton shirt, Muhamed Besic looked like he'd been playing at the Club for years.
 
That was the verdict of Blues boss Roberto Martinez, who lauded the 21-year-old Bosnian following Sunday's 1-1 draw with FC Porto.
 
Besic, signed from Hungarian outfit Ferencvaros last Monday, made an instant impression on the Goodison Park faithful – catching the eye from the moment he bamboozled three opponents and unleashed a homing missile like 40-yard pass as an opening contribution of his Everton career.
 
"I'm really, really pleased," said Martinez.  "For a player to feel at home so quickly is incredible. It shows you his confidence in himself, the quality that he has and the understanding of the players around him.
 
"He looked like a player who had been at Everton for three years. I thought that's what I saw at the World Cup - someone who's not going to be fazed by anything.
 
"It doesn't matter if he needs to man-mark Lionel Messi [as he did against Argentina in the group stage] or he needs to get on the ball and make you play. I think he's a very complete footballer.
 
"He's only 21 and he plays with the maturity of a really experienced player and I really enjoyed his performance."
 
Besic's impressive first showing didn't go unnoticed by the home support, who encouraged the midfielder's every touch following his half-time introduction.
 
And Martinez believes it was an important factor in helping the youngster feel immediately comfortable in his surroundings.
 
He added: "I have to mention the fans. They got on their feet and they made him feel like an Evertonian straightaway, which is the best thing that could have happened. They made him feel at home here and that is vital."

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