The BBC have reported that Nikola Vlasic is set to leave Everton for Russian club CSKA Moscow. The Toffees stand to receive £14 million in return for the 21-year-old, who spent last season on loan with CSKA.
Vlasic impressed during his temporary stint, to the extent that CSKA are now bringing him back on a five-year deal. Last season, the Croatian netted eight times and registered seven assists for the Russian outfit.
He was never able to have the same impact for the Toffees, though arguably he was never given a fair chance to prove his worth. Vlasic arrived at Goodison Park in 2017. However, an abundance of attacking midfielders in the Everton squad meant his game time was severely restricted. In his first season on Merseyside, Vlasic managed just 12 Premier League outings, mainly from the bench.
Had he been given more time and opportunity to prove his worth at Everton, he may well have risen to the challenge. He must now focus on getting his career back on track with CSKA and reaching his full potential.
Following the reports of his exit, plenty of Everton fans took to Twitter to give their thoughts on Vlasic’s departure.
Good player..mistake I feel
— Callum Lapsley🇮🇪🇮🇪🇮🇪 (@callumlaps) 19 June 2019
Good luck Nic. There’s a good player there, just not ready for the Prem
— John Whelan (@MEvertonians) 19 June 2019
Didn’t get a enough games to show his talent good luck with your new adventure 👍🏻
— Karl (@YOZ_EFC) 19 June 2019
Gutted to see him go. Wasn’t given a fair chance but good luck to him
— Harry Oldfield (@harry_oldfield) 19 June 2019
Please take care of him as we didn’t :(
— me (@toffee_7) 19 June 2019
What a shame and a waste that Vlasic has left Everton for CSKA Moscow.
Never set the world alight for us but he was a victim of a shambolic season when he first came in. Really talented player who I loved watching at Goodison. He'll go on to be a top star for Croatia IMO.
— Ell Bretland (@EllBretland) June 19, 2019