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Asmir Begovic Completes Move to Everton

Asmir Begovic

Asmir Begovic has completed his move from Bournemouth to Everton, becoming the second signing of the Rafa Benitez era and signing a deal until 2023. The deal, for free, makes perfect sense for the Toffees, who have been searching for a backup to number one Jordan Pickford since Robin Olsen’s departure.

Asmir Begovic Completes Move to Everton

Experience the Key

As previously touched on, Begovic has a wealth of Premier League experience under his belt. He played for Stoke City for five years before joining Chelsea in 2015. It was there he won the Premier League in 2017, deputising for Thibaut Courtois.

His latest club before the Everton move came in the form of Bournemouth, where he suffered relegation before play-off failure last season. It has to be said, however, that the failure was no fault of Begovic’s, who showed his experience throughout.

Now at Everton at 34-years-old, the main aim will be to help both on and off the pitch. On the pitch, when handed an opportunity, he’ll have the simple task of just taking it; he must use every minute he gets to stake a claim for even more game time.

Meanwhile, off the pitch, he has the chance to become a leader in the Everton dressing room. And that’s what the Toffees need. With that leadership, they may well find themselves in amongst the European places under new manager Rafa Benitez.

What Was Said?

Speaking to the Everton YouTube channel, the goalkeeper said: “When I first heard of the possibility of joining Everton, I was really excited.

“Opportunities like this don’t come round every day so I’m just really honoured and pleased to be here. I’m definitely here to compete.

“Jordan is a world-class goalkeeper and I think the group here is fantastic.

“We have a great goalkeeper coach in Alan Kelly.

“We are going to push each other every single day and set those standards in training.

“I’m going to look to help in whatever way I can… with a bit of leadership around the group and trying to be a positive influence. Not just on Jordan but on all my teammates.

“The talent at this club over the years has been amazing.

“It is no different now, with a lot of good players coming through, especially in the goalkeeping department.

“If I can help them in any way, shape or form, then I would love to do that and set an example: train well, play well and hopefully help them [emerging players] along in their careers.”

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