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Nikola Vlasic could fit perfectly into Marco Silva’s Everton system

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Nikola Vlasic could fit perfectly into Marco Silva’s Everton system

The Croatian found it hard in his first season at Everton but could thrive under the Portuguese boss.

Things are set to change at Everton, with the Toffees looking to bring in new faces under the management of Marco Silva and with director of football Marcel Brands pulling the strings.

But what about the outgoings? A number of fringe players are being linked with the exit door at Goodison Park. The likes of Davy Klaassen, Mo Besic, Wayne Rooney, Ashley Williams, Morgan Schneiderlin and Ademola Lookman have all been linked with exits recently, and that list goes on.

But what about Croatian talent Nikola Vlasic?

Everton paid Hajduk Split a fee in the region of £10 million for the athletic attacker last summer, after he impressed in a Europa League qualifier between the two clubs just weeks earlier.

Strong, direct, fast and good in front of goal, Everton felt they had got their hands on a gem. It certainly looked that way when he scored on his debut against Apollon Limassol.

But his season soon dwindled out. Ronald Koeman got the sack and Vlasic played just 12 league games for the club. Despite thriving in the Europa League, scoring twice in six appearances he never got much of a chance in the top-flight.

(during the Premier League match between Southampton and Everton at St Mary’s Stadium on November 26, 2017 in Southampton, England.

Everton have options out wide. Theo Walcott and Yannick Bolasie are currently present whilst the returning Ademola Lookman and Kieran Dowell are looking to make an impact next season.

But Vlasic also deserves a chance at first-team football for Everton.

The good news, on the face of it, is that Vlasic has the attributes of a Silva player. Similar in style to Watford’s Richarlison it is easy to see him being used in a front-three by the new Everton boss.

Hopefully so. Everton fans have only seen the tip of the iceberg from the 20-year-old and he could be a breakout star in 2018-19.

Mathew Nash

Sports journalist based in Bristol. Previously spent five years writing for HITC Sport. Everton fan for my sins.

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