How Twitter reacted as Everton completed the signing of Hajduk Split’s Nikola Vlasic
Everton’s Europa League qualifying tie against Croatian side Hajduk Split proved productive for more than one reason as, alongside reaching the group stages, they managed to scout a new addition.
The Toffees’ official website has announced the deadline day signing of highly-rated Croatian Nikola Vlasic, with the 19-year-old arriving at Goodison Park on a five-year deal for a fee believed to be £10 million.
Speaking to Everton TV about his switch to Merseyside, the Croatian teenager said:
“I cannot describe how excited I am. I have been smiling all day! I just cannot wait to meet all my new teammates and everyone at the Club. I am so excited. The Premier League is the best league in the world and this is a top-five club in England.
“It is such a big honour for me to be here. When I heard that Everton were interested in me, I just knew “I wanted to come here straight away. I only saw Everton, then. Whenever someone called my manager or my father, I told them I only wanted to come to Everton.”
The 19-year-old has spent the past three seasons at Hajduk Split since breaking through their academy system – making 120 appearances across all competitions and scoring 13 times – and he earnt his first call-up to the Croatian national side at the end of May, starting in a 2-1 victory over Mexico in a friendly.
And Everton took to social media to announced their ninth signing of the summer…
🇭🇷 | Time to get involved in deadline day… pic.twitter.com/h2rBapB4pg
— Everton (@Everton) August 31, 2017
With most Everton fans pleased at seeing a new arrival on deadline day…
Another talented youngster on board. Welcome to Everton Vlasic!
— Matt (@mbt2108) August 31, 2017
Vlasic potentially a great signing for #Everton. Has all the attributes to make it in the Prem – quick, strong, skilful and an eye for goal
— Luke Matthews (@___Matthews___) August 31, 2017
Quite confident that Vlasic will turn out to be a signing that got a bizarrely muted reaction in hindsight. Really exciting move
— Alex Jennings (@AJennings1998) August 31, 2017
Seeing the potential in the 19-year-old after his displays the other week…
Obviously impressed a lot when he played against Everton. Good luck to Nikola Vlasic, hope he proves to be a success. https://t.co/63k222Djtx
— Daniel Korolev (@Velorok97) August 31, 2017
Others were less convinced…
Welcome on board Nicola Vlasic!
Can't say we know much – don't recall him standing out much for… https://t.co/eHEPUoo9Xc
— NotBitterJustBetter (@JustBetterEfc) August 31, 2017
And it became clear Vlasic wasn’t the marquee signing of a striker a lot had been hoping for…
@JimWhite has disappointed every Evertonian on the planet tonight. Nikola Vlasic is not a "big announcement" …. WE NEED A TOP STRIKER !!!
— Simon Tyrrell (@simonjt321) August 31, 2017
And time is now ticking for Ronald Koeman to finalise a deal for anyone else…
But let’s just all be grateful that Danny Rose isn’t an Everton player…
I'm writing him off here and now. What even rhymes with Vlasic?? https://t.co/RwJlGzYw1D
— Rob Hillock (@Hilloquis) August 31, 2017
What do you think Everton fans? Will Vlasic thrive at Goodison? Let us know.
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