Martinez tips Besic to shine after tough English baptism
(Reuters) - Roberto Martinez said the "unique physicality" of the Premier League was a challenge midfielder Muhamed Besic needed time to adapt to but the Everton manager expects the Bosnian to have a huge impact on the remainder of the campaign.
The 23-year-old Besic has been plagued by injury problems since joining the Toffees in 2014, featuring just nine times for the club this season, with Martinez now hoping the Bosnian can maintain a clean bill of health through Everton's run in.
"He is someone that is going to have a big say from now until the end of the season," Martinez told the club's website (www.evertonfc.com).
"Even with Mo's experience internationally, his body is still adapting to the demands of the Premier League," the Spaniard added of a player capped 23 times by his country.
"He's picked up two soft-tissue injuries... it shows you that any player has to go through the process of adapting to the unique physicality of the Premier League."
Everton, who are 11th in the Premier League table, travel to bottom side Aston Villa on Tuesday.
(Reporting by Shravanth Vijayakumar in Bengaluru; Editing by John O'Brien)