Nikola Vlasic– wants to leave Everton for first-team football
Nikola Vlasic had an outstanding loan spell at CSKA Moscow last season. He made 31 appearances for the Russian club with 8 goals and 7 assists.
Vlasic joined Everton for £10M from Hajduk Split the summer before but found it tough going his first season in the Premier League.
When new manager Marco Silva arrived it got even tougher for the young Croatian as he found himself frozen out of the squad.
Below is a tweet from The Times Journalist Paul Joyce from last August:
Ashley Williams, Kevin Mirallas, Cuco Martina and Nikola Vlasic have been told to train away from Everton’s first team squad by Marco Silva.
— paul joyce (@_pauljoyce) August 2, 2018
This past April, Silva commented on Vlasic’s situation and progress with the following comments:
“We wanted Nikola to play as much as possible to demonstrate his best qualities,”
“We are watching him very closely.
“When the right time comes, we will make a decision for him. I am pleased that he is playing regular football, that’s the reason why we sent him to Russia in the first place.”
Despite these comments, it appears as though Vlasic wants to leave Everton permanently and Everton’s Director of Football Marcel Brands is actively pursuing a deal. The report says that Everton values Vlasic at £12M.
With CSKA Moscow likely unable to afford that price tag, we wonder if Newcastle would be interested in Vlasic at this time. He obviously has ability and would fit Newcastle’s current system.
At just twenty-one years of age, he has his entire career ahead of him. We really rate Vlasic and think he would be a great fit at Newcastle.
Here is a look at his fantastic goal against Real Madrid in the Champions League. It is the opening goal: